A report produced in November 2011 by the Major Projects Authority concluded that the HS2 project is unlikely to succeed, giving it an amber-red RAG rating. The report’s publication was blocked by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin using a controversial war veto, a move which was ‘unlawful’ according to Information Commissioner Christopher Graham.

Patrick McLoughlin has admitted that the report would have a ‘chilling effect’ on the project if it were made available to the public. In doing so, anti-HS2 campaign group Stop HS2 have said that the government are ‘knowingly misleading parliament’ prior to a crucial vote on whether the HS2 project should go ahead at massive expense to the tax payer.

Source: The Lichfield Mercury