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The Unbearable Smugness of HS2

While the last ten years has seen the loss of 135 million miles of rural bus routes, a quarter of the staff at HS2 – that high-cost vanity project which does nothing to improve rural connectivity – are on six-figure … Continue reading

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Buffoons in charge of transport

It seems a mark of the relatively low esteem in which transport is held in this country that Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, retained his role in the recent reshuffle. He thinks most if not all accidents are caused by people … Continue reading

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Road v rail

For convenience, the car is unparalleled. It enables you to go door to door whenever you want. It lets you carry stuff and ferry passengers. Yet the traffic dictators make roads a dangerous obstacle course beset with contrived conflicts, bottlenecks and … Continue reading

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Trains and automobiles

In his latest bid to keep HS2 on track, the transport minister is now claiming capacity is the crucial factor. Capacity could be increased by adding carriages to existing trains and if necessary extending platforms to accommodate them. Above all, … Continue reading

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HS twaddle

In a desperate bid to keep the HS2 vanity project alive, the transport minister will quote a report commissioned by HS2 Ltd which says HS2 will boost the economy by £15bn a year. That dubious figure is dwarfed by the potential … Continue reading

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Hoggart on HS2

“A Commons committee says the £33bn earmarked for HS2 will be a waste of money. The transport secretary says nonsense, we must compete with other countries. I’m just back from Manchester where a fast Pendolino train arrived on time, but … Continue reading

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Congestion charging + HS2 = public waste x 2

What does HS2 have in common with the congestion charge? It will cost the earth, and it is being imposed before traffic system reform has even been tried. Cars are uniquely convenient, allowing you to visit multiple destinations at times of your choosing. … Continue reading

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19th v 21st century resistance to rail

PM (Radio 4) had an item about Victorian resistance to railway development, implying there was a parallel with today’s opposition to HS2. Seems a narrow comparison, because in the 19th century, there were no telephones, cars or Internet.

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HS2

(Update of post at Free to Choose): Apart from the likelihood that the £32bn projected cost will balloon to at least twice that sum, the trade-off, whichever way you view it, is negative. HS2 would shave minutes off a journey … Continue reading

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Greening not green

The outgoing transport minister didn’t even reply to my overtures when the Coalition took office. Any hope that his replacement, Justine Greening, would present an open ear were scotched when she said on R4 that transport “offers great challenges and opportunities, … Continue reading

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