Yorkshire leaders must ‘bang the drum’ to keep HS2 on track, warns infrastructure commission chief

Yorkshire leaders must ‘bang the drum’ to keep HS2 on track, warns infrastructure commission chief Lord Adonis

Yorkshire leaders are being urged to hold the government’s feet to the fire over major transport schemes in the region, as the head of the National Infrastructure Commission warns the delivery of HS2 and HS3 must be “top priorities” for the new administration.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post at the launch of the Commission’s new Needs Assessment report, Lord Adonis stated that “urgent action” on such projects is crucial to unlocking economic growth and boosting the country’s international competitiveness.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/yorkshire-leaders-must-bang-the-drum-to-keep-hs2-on-track-warns-infrastructure-commission-chief-1-8615993

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4 Responses to Yorkshire leaders must ‘bang the drum’ to keep HS2 on track, warns infrastructure commission chief

  1. Spartacus says:

    This project is already obsolete. Technology will replace the need for it, if it has not already done so. Each time I hear Sir David Higgins he sounds more and more like Jeremy Corbyn, well past his sell by date.
    There are trains in parts of the world, and have been for sometime, that run frequently throughout the day at speeds of 300mph, and that are now financially viable to build. In fact they would now cost less that this white elephant. In the Arizona desert they are working on a variant that may well achieve speeds of 600mph, yet we are being offered a pedestrian 150 – 160mph in 15 years time.
    It is also fact that due to advances in tunnelling technology linked to land valuations it is now less costly to tunnel than it is to build above ground. Therefore why are we considering demolishing anyone’s property?

    • reg reader says:

      Spartacus,
      “due to advances in tunnelling technology linked to land valuations, it is now less costly to tunnel than it is to build above ground”
      I wasn’t aware of that, …and I bet a whole lot of people near London Euston would be interested in to know it. It might even allow HS1 / HS2 connectivity.

      • Spartacus says:

        Reg reader, you might also wish to know, HS1 runs below capacity, that there are trains moth balled, that local people in Ashford use the slow train because they cannot afford to use the fast one and that no jobs have been delivered beyond half a mile of the station.

  2. Colin Tawn says:

    As far as I’m aware nobody has published a factual cost/benefit analysis for HS2.
    I’ve read and heard what is SUPPOSED to happen, I’ve read and heard about projected benefits but I’ve never seen or heard one word of apology from anyone why A) The original costs figures were pie in the sky B) How and why this white elephant project managed to swallow huge amounts of our money before a single rail has been laid and C) What are the real benefits to Rotherham of HS2?

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