People will vote with their feet on whether to travel to work
BY the tone of Simon J Hillyer’s email (Talkback, Issue 76, February), I think I can assume he is against the new HS2 railway. Presumably he is in favour of the alternatives, a third north-south motorway and airport expansion?
If the country is not to seize up there is not a ‘do nothing’ option. Talk of video conferencing etc. is just fanciful. This is available now and, despite congestion and cost, people vote with their feet and travel rather than use it.
Much of Mr Hillyer’s posting is either wrong or misinformed. For example, the new railway will not just serve Birmingham. Every city in Scotland and the north of England will have trains using the new line. The new line will free up capacity on existing lines to enable freight to be moved from our already overcrowded roads.
Just to put Mr Hillyer’s mind at rest. Unlike most infrastructure projects in the UK, HS1 was delivered on time and on budget, which has been the norm for rail projects for the past 20 years.
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