Tag Archives: HS2

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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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’s being imposed before traffic reform has even been tried. Cars are uniquely convenient, allowing us to visit multiple destinations at times of our choosing. They … Continue reading

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