Ministers hired accountants to ‘dress up’ figures that would show the HS2 rail project providing a £15billion a year economic boost, it was claimed yesterday.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin commissioned a report by KPMG which said the £43billion scheme would rapidly ‘pay for itself’.
But critics of the plan said the 92-page document was a ‘paid-for analysis that gives the “right answer”.
The Institute of Economic Affairs called the project ‘a high speed gravy train’, branding the accountants’ analysis ‘one-sided and unconvincing’.
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