Heard on lunchtime news that the SNP are demanding to know what plans the UK Government have to include Scotland in the planning for the high speed railway to connect to London and the south. Surely if the SNP have their way, there won't be a UK after next year.
Only kidding. The whole HS rail thing is a f8cking travesty - at best it takes twenty minutes off a journey between London and Birmingham. No problem with having a good rail system, but only as we can afford it. All this PR nonsense selling it as an economic game changer is just pure hoop.
Having said that, if it were coming out of entitlement budgets then fair enough, but you just know it's going to be at the expense of capital budgets (aka defence).
Going to buck the trend here and say yes we WILL need it. But we dont need it just now. Why not get a cross party agreement to fund the building in stages subject to future requirement. The Flightpaths over London are already chokka with International flights. I'm sure that a cut in domestic flights with passangers opting for the train will be quite welcome. Also, the oil aint gonna last forever, at some point train travel will be the cheapest way to travel.
I have read recently on the West Coast mainline that Virgin can't fill all the seats during the daytime now.This is attributed to the cost of tickets.On this puper dooper HS scheme it is confidently forecast that ticket prices will be significantly higher.After all the money has been spent who is going to finance the shortfall between running costs and ticket receipts? The same people who are doing it today on other supposedly privatised lines.The poor bloody taxpayer!
All that's being proposed is to bring our ancient railway system into line with everyone else's. Ever been on a French train? They piss all over what we have here.
Living very close to the West Coast Mainline, I stand to benefit greatly from this, one day it will be possible for my children to do a daily commute to Manchester with little fuss. Clearly this opens up massive scope and a wider range of jobs for more people.
Although having said that, if we hope to have what the Frogs have now in 20 odd years, they will have updated their's too by then and will still be pissing all over us.