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High Speed UK appoints public affairs consultancy Media House to help step up its challenge to HS2


By Tony Connelly, Sports Marketing Reporter

February 15, 2016 | 2 min read

High Speed UK (HSUK) is stepping up its effort to challenge the controversial HS2 high speed rail plan after receiving financial assistance and recruiting public affairs consultancy Media House.



HSUK’s alternative rail plan, fronted by two architects Colin Elliff and Quentin Macdonald, is aiming to convince the media and politicians that its extensive and detailed proposals will be able to transform the entire UK rail network far better than what HS2 is capable of doing.

The news strategy follows HSUK’s submission to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s (PACAC) inquiry into the recent Ombudsman's report on HS2 Ltd, which was highly critical of the project's dealings with a community in Staffordshire which faces destruction under the government plans for a new high-speed rail network.

Colin Elliff said many communities are being made to suffer because HS2 has been “badly designed, and to the wrong criteria.”

“The choice of 400km/h (250MPH) as the maximum speed is HS2’s first and biggest mistake,” said Elliff.

Media House International executive chairman, Jack Irvine, said: “From the initial concept of HS2, logical minds reached the inescapable conclusion that rather than bring about George Osborne’s beloved Northern Powerhouse, HS2 would simply provide a quicker route to London thus inflating that city’s economy even further to the detriment to the northern English cities."


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