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Response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request for information about the economic forecasts used in the ‘do minimum’ and HS2 forecasts. The requester asked:
if the incomes elasticities on demand continue to be those clarified in the HS2 technical seminars
why the Department for Transport (DfT) persists with the distance term and high cap
whether, if Passenger Demand Forecasting Handbook (PDFH) 5.0 values for income elasticities are adopted, it would reduce projected passenger demand
how much DfT predict that demand for long distance West Coast, Midland and East Coast main line services would reduce by