I reported here my question of the cost of HS2 this Parliament to Miss Greening. She told me they would “only” be spending £200 million this Parliament on preparation work. By the standards of recent government spending, that was reassuring for three and a half years.
Today I received a letter. It told me the total cost of HS2 “is expected to be £32.7 billion…..Of this the cost of the scheme this Parliament will be around £750 million”. She had apparently recalled the cost of land acquisition, not all the consultancy and planning costs.