Prof Paul Salveson supports high-speed rail but does not believe the scheme represents value for money, Andrew Pendleton says it will deepen the existing regional divide, while John O’Dwyer thinks it is the wrong business modelAs a contributor to the New Economics Foundation report (Scrap HS2 and pour £56bn into regions, says thinktank, 20 March) and someone who has lived and worked all his life in the north, I think the response from some of the northern city leaders to the report is misplaced (Letters, 22 March).

Leaders of cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham will get lots of free cash to redevelop inner-urban areas around the HS2 terminals, but that doesn’t mean HS2 will be good for the north as a whole.

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