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TONIGHT - HS2: the great train robbery

Started by: majorincident
On: 11/02/2019 | 16:37
Replies: 10

by: majorincident
on: 11/02/2019 | 16:37

Ch4 Dispatches ask whether there really is a case for HS2.

If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy. David Davis, Conservative MP
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by: european__bob
on: 11/02/2019 | 16:39
it seems very expensive to me just to cut minutes off the journey time, i really could never see the need for it
Message 2 of 11
by: majorincident
on: 11/02/2019 | 16:46

The money would be far better spent improving local networks and where possible, reopening old lines.

If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy. David Davis, Conservative MP
Message 3 of 11
by: dartgirl
on: 11/02/2019 | 17:09
Won't be able to afford the Train Fair on it ££££££££
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Message 4 of 11
by: bethanykelly
on: 11/02/2019 | 17:22

Why don't there scrap HS2?


And instead spent the money improving the whole network!!!

Message 5 of 11
by: andyslc
on: 11/02/2019 | 17:30 edited: 11/02/2019 | 17:31

@bethanykelly The conservatives would then have to admit they were wrong and that they have wasted money. Just like Universal Credit they will plough on regardless even though it’s a complete shambles., completely unpopuplar and involves screwing people over for little, if any discernible’s just how they roll. Smiley Mad

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by: beautiful01
on: 11/02/2019 | 17:39

The whole idea was crazy 

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Message 7 of 11
by: hassan_javed
on: 11/02/2019 | 21:11
do we really need it if it is costing so much to save a few minutes
Message 8 of 11
by: datdad
on: 12/02/2019 | 16:27 edited: 12/02/2019 | 16:28

The best case I've seen for this project mentions that this will give greater capacity for rail passengers. This will then in turn potentially free up routes for Freight rail traffic.

A problem on the railways currently is that Passenger trains take precedence over freight trains which often have to wait in sidings for the passenger traffic to go through. This 'parking' happens regularly near me on the local railway. Such delay hinders rail freight development in England especially, I think.
Now others have written that this great amount of money needs to be spent on local networks. That is true, especially in the north for example the Liverpool - Manchester - Leeds/Sheffield - Hull route needs such upgrade. However do we really thank that this government, if it were to cancel this project, would spend that many on the North?
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Message 9 of 11
by: jeanlk
on: 12/02/2019 | 17:31
I felt the programme was stating that money spent on HS2 could be spent on the northern network. The real problems are with the fractured franchise system & the lack of trains & carriages. It is ridiculous to have 2 car trains on very busy routes. Trains are beyond standing capacity. Will it take an accident for the government to act?
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