Report which shows most don’t care how fast HS2 trains go

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Only a quarter of people who would consider using HS2 care about how fast the service will be, according to a new survey published this week.

The poll of 1,599 adults, carried out by Consumer Intelligence , revealed that of those people that think they will use HS2, ticket prices are ranked as the most important factor by 67 per cent.

Speed is only cited by 24 per cent of respondents as the most important factor despite it being one of the core arguments in its favour put forward by the government.

The survey also showed that 52 per cent of people are in favour of HS2 compared to 18 per cent against it and 30 per cent who are uncertain. Just one in 10 people believe HS2, which will cut through Aylesbury Vale, will keep to budget and schedule.

David Black of CI said: “While the HS2 project enjoys support from 52 per cent of the public there is very little confidence that it will be finished either on time or on budget.”