Thinktank calls for HS2 cash to be spent on broadband header image

Published: 19th Jun 2013

A business thinktank has added to the calls for some of the money being spent on the HS2 high-speed rail line to be invested in broadband

Earlier this month, TalkTalk chairman Sir Charles Dunstone told Computer Weekly the UK would benefit more if a portion of the cash was devoted to improving internet access and NEF has echoed this view. 

The thinktank has published a new report, which questioned whether investing £33 billion in HS2 is worthwhile. 

It argued the money should instead be divided among various projects and one of these is broadband. 

NEF said that £5.5 billion of the HS2 fund should be spent on rolling out super-fast connections across the UK, as this will aid businesses and reduce the demand for inter-city travel. 

The organisation concluded: "We urge the government, as custodians of our scarce public resources, to step back from blindly pushing this one flashy, train project and assess our options fully."

Posted by Mark Wynn