Nobody wants a stupid high-speed rail link
The government are spending £32 billion on a high speed rail link, and what with everyone being up a certain creek without a paddle, people are incredibly wary.
According to a poll commissioned by The Taxpayers’ Alliance, it appears that there's a lot of people in Britain who aren't particularly thrilled at this new scheme. In fact, 48 per cent of people want to see the scheme scrapped entirely and only 34 per cent are actually supportive of the link that will be capable of carrying trains travelling at 250mph.
If successful, a train journey from London to Manchester will be one hour and 20 minutes long. Imagine how spectacular a crash would be. No-one would survive.
Matthew Sinclair, the director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, says: “The public support alternatives that would blunt the need for some particularly painful measures and make room for lower taxes. There is strong support for cutting expensive projects like high speed rail, which they don’t see as the right use of their cash”
However, the government are looking at the project as if it is some kind of magic cure to close the economic gap splitting Britain. For starters, it might shut the mouths of those whining about the BBC's decision to ship a load of jobs away from London to Manchester. It takes longer to travel across London than it does to get to the North by train as it is.
The Transport Secretary Philip Hammond says: “I believe that it is not possible for Britain to maintain its prosperity in the 21st century in an increasingly competitive, global economy unless we can close the growth gap between the north and the south.”
That said, the whole thing is a way off yet, with the first phase of HS2 due for completion by 2026, and will benefit people in Leeds and Manchester... but not Scotland who will have to pay for it, but see no tangible benefits at all, which must be nice for them.
Still, it won't matter much if we're all crushed into one carriage on a train that arrives late.