Tag Archives: HS2

H not HS2

With social distancing, public transport is an increasingly less viable option. Let’s pull the plug on HS2, and spend the money on eliminating bottlenecks, creating a hydrogen fuel infrastucture, redesigning streets to integrate road-users on a level playing-field, and turning … Continue reading

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Sorry – the easiest word?

The Public Accounts Committee has criticised senior DfT officials for failing to come clean about the spiralling cost of HS2. Apparently they have said sorry and will do better in the future. Well that’s that then.

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HS2 v H20

The car is a self-isolating transportation device par excellence. Instead of pouring billions into 19C technology – trains – shouldn’t the state be investing in 21C tech, redesigning the public realm to express equality, eliminating bottlenecks, and creating infrastructure for … Continue reading

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Corona bullet points

We’re safer in our cars than on public transport – another reason for scrapping HS2 and using the money to transform our road infrastructure along the lines advocated here. Corona also shows, as if we didn’t already know, that a … Continue reading

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Blithering Boris

When you know about a subject, you are usually dismayed by the media’s portrayal or politicians’ grasp of it. Boris’s self-satisfied vauntings about his transport infrastructure plans are no exception. “Tree-dappled” my foot! What a disappointing bunch they are, Johnson, … Continue reading

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HSPoo

So the HS2 juggernaut set in motion by Adonis is going ahead. Johnson lacked the balls to pull the plug. Over £100 billion, which could be invested so much more constructively elsewhere, will be sunk into ripping up pristine countryside … Continue reading

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Calling Grant Shapps!

When I first blogged about HS2, in 2012, the estimated cost was £32bn. Today a leaked report put the figure at £106bn. Grant Shapps, show your mettle and stamp it out now, and talk to me about how to spend … Continue reading

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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’s a mark of the low esteem in which transport is held that Patrick McLoughlin, transport secretary, retained his role in the recent reshuffle. He thinks most if not all accidents are caused by mobile phone use. I heard him … 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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