HS2 to exacerbate railway problems
IT strikes me as irresponsible for the government to spend billions of pounds on a new high speed rail link when this existing network falls so short of providing an adequate service.
I talk in particular to the amount of low bridges that modern day lorries cannot get under and weak bridges that heavy vehicles cannot cross. This problem must surely result in these vehicles making no end of detours, resulting in millions of miles per annum and a loss of untold man hours. The whole point of HS2 is to make the country more cost effective – they clearly need to get their house in order before going down the HS2 route.
On top of this there are hundreds if not thousands of unmanned level crossings that need to be addressed.
How many additional level crossings are proposed for the HS2 project?
There is hopefully a chance that the proposed link will not go ahead and, if so, it is scandalous the amount of public funds that have benn spent on consultants to date.
Should future governments insist on building HS2, we should campaign to tunnel the line all the way.
Even though this would still cause major upheaval, at least it would not blight our beautiful landscape.