Can someone explain to me what is so important about shaving 20mins off a journey time if it costs £108bn and only benefits a relatively small proportion of the population? Gavin Knight Martin if it was really about capacity, why call it “High Speed” anything? Why not just spend a fraction of £108bn on new rolling stock? Martin Ritchie With the Government proposing to ban all petrol and diesel cars in the UK from 2035 wouldn’t the billions spent on HS2 have been better spent improving the electric car charging infrastructure all over the UK, rather than just on a train line from London to Manchester/Leeds? It’s only 15 years off after all.
I can’t help but feel if we took the £106bill+ (as it’s likely to increase further) and the £125bill Trident missile renewal could definitely be spent better elsewhere. If we spent that on social housing, upgrading the current rail network and provided better funding and support for start-up businesses, we could significantly reduce homelessness, reduce unemployment and help lower rail fairs. The only downside would be the richest people having to spend and extra 50 minutes traveling from London to Manchester and we’d have a lot fewer missiles (that’ll never be used) gathering dust in a NATO underground warehouse.