High Speed 2 debate beneficial for students

A debate was held at Nottingham Trent University to discuss the new High Speed 2 project, and whether it is value for money.

The HS2 debate in Newton
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The HS2 debate in Newton

A debate was held at Nottingham Trent University to discuss the new High Speed 2 project and whether it is value for money.

The High Speed 2 (HS2) project is an estimates £50 billion project and will connect most of the UK with high speed rail, up to 250mph. The event was attended by many business leaders and planned by the Investment Property forum, representatives for and against the HS2 project debated about whether it should go ahead looking at the economic, location and property implications that surround it.

Richard Brown, HS2 and ex Eurostar Chair argued that the project was an inward investment along with connecting the UK which is beneficial for everyone. On the other hand Joe Rukin, campaign manager of Stop HS2 argued that journeys would be prolonged due to extra changes and that the money projected for the project could be spent a lot more wisely upgrading current rail lines. At the end of the debate the crowd were asked to vote, with the majority favouring the go ahead of the HS2 project.

The debate was also attended by a few postgraduate NTU students, one of which was Jonathan Leeding, currently studying MSc Quantity Surveying. Jonathan told us: "I attended the debate as I am interested in the subject and wanted to find out more about each side of the argument. I benefited from the opportunity to develop my knowledge about an important debate within the industry. I would recommend future students to attend similar events."

High Speed 2 debate beneficial for students

Published on 6 March 2014
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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