HS2 to ex­ac­er­bate rail­way prob­lems

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - WIL­LIAM SMITH Ad­dress sup­plied

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.

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