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HS2: public opinion on the UK’s high-speed rail project 2020

In 2020, roughly one-quarter of survey respondents stated that they strongly opposed the UK’s HS2 high-speed rail project, while only seven percent were strongly in favor of it. Added together, the total percentage of negative responses from respondents lay at 41 percent; 35 percent provided neutral responses, such as ‘Don't know’ or ‘Neither support or oppose’.

Share of survey respondents for or against the HS2 high-speed rail project in the United Kingdom 2020

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Release date

May 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

July 11 to 13, 2020

Number of respondents

1,673 respondents

Age group


Supplementary notes

Survey participants were presented with the following question: “Do you support or oppose plans to build a new high-speed rail line linking London, Birmingham, Leeds, and Manchester?”

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