Being anti-HS2 is a bit like Brexit – It’s all about the rose-tinted past

A fellow blogger, Paul Bigland, has an interesting slant on HS2 and those who oppose it – see the link below to access it:-

paulbigland.blog/2019/03/06/stop-hs2-some-people-never-learn/

Brexiteers, it seems, can convince themselves of pretty much anything that has absolutely no foundation in fact and those opposing HS2 seem to have a similar viewpoint.

HS2 is about capacity or the looming lack of it on the rail network as much as it is about speed.

Although only similar in an abstract way HS2 is akin to reopening the Great Central Line; a line that should never have been closed, certainly with the benefit of hindsight.

Railways are becoming an increasingly important way for people and freight to move around and we are light years away from the Beeching era when closing railways and love of the motor car and truck marked a progressing society. Congestion all but brings the UK to a standstill often these days and pollution from the internal combustion engine is choking our communities and indeed killing us all.

HS2 is about the future of travel. Brexiteers want us all to live in the 1950s so they bang on about their anti-HS2 movement as they bang on about their ludicrous Brexit.

One thought on “Being anti-HS2 is a bit like Brexit – It’s all about the rose-tinted past

  1. Bob Jungels says:

    Hi Tony, as you know, I’m not a Brexiteer, but I firmly oppose HS2 as things stand right now, in 2019.
    If you were to ask me the same question after 10 years of successfully sustained investment in our local and regional networks, where new lines where created for those who need them the most (i.e. Skem), and simple new improvements to existing infrastructure were made (i.e. Burscough Curves), then I would say absolutely yes, go for it. All day long.

    The problem with HS2 now is two-fold: the mis-management of the project and the spiralling costs (with seemingly no progress on the ground), and the current state of the existing network.
    HS2 is purely potential. Yes, I understand certain parts of the network are running at full capacity and require relief, but there is so much good that money could be put towards in the short/medium term.
    Tony, you know full well that people (for example) in Southport and Skem won’t benefit from HS2 in any way, shape or form, unless they happen to be making a rare visit down to London.
    HS2 doesn’t address the problems of the existing network which existing passengers have to use every day. It helps provide relief to the main routes (I.e. WCML) and speeds up journey times between key cities, and that’s great. But in the current climate, it is a complete and utter waste of money, and a travesty that this money was never ring-fenced for the existing network, particularly with regards to track renewal (Ormskirk – Preston line), new rolling stock (sure, this is happening as we speak, but if Merseytravel want 8-car carriages, more money will be required), new services (Southport – Preston), station improvements, access to and from stations, new ticketing systems (i.e. smartphone – although again, yes, this is currently underway with Merseyrail), and better integration with other modes of transport (i.e. buses, trams).
    If 10 years of investment (£55bn) we start reaping the benefits of this investment, we would then be in a much stronger position to take our network on to the next level.
    That approach follows an ethos of social justice.
    the HS2 approach places capitalism first, society second.
    And that is why I am firmly and squarely opposed to HS2.

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