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This paper marshals the arguments from all sides to give a broad overview of the debate about the proposed HS2 scheme. Supporters claim that the line is urgently needed to meet projected future demand; to tackle the capacity constraints on the West Coast Main Line; and to deliver wider economic and regional benefits. Opponents maintain that these claims are over-stated and that future demand and capacity can be met via other, cheaper means.
Commons Briefing papers RP11-75
Authors: Louise Butcher; Matthew Keep; Alan Rehfisch; Andrew Minnis