The new superfast trains will be really rubbish for everyone
Remember the superfast train that is going to save us all? The one that will zoom between Birmingham and London and end our crushing suffering?
Well, according to one report, it is going to be awful and make us all want to kill ourselves.
The report from the Tax Payers' Alliance says that the creating the HS2 will mean Euston station in London "becoming a building site for seven years", it said. Not only that, but until the second north-of-Birmingham phase is finished, there's a strong chance that there'll be a 6.6% reduction in the number of seats available on trains compared with 2012.
So, the report predicts that there will be "worse rail services" for people in Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester, Leicester, Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield with "worse journey times, fewer seats and/or fewer trains per day".
TaxPayers' Alliance director Matthew Sinclair said: "High-speed rail isn't the right way of getting the capacity we need. The project is set to cost taxpayers a fortune and it is increasingly clear it will be a huge white elephant. While politicians are holding out the promise of a faster journey for a fortunate few, huge numbers of people will face slower and less-frequent services with more overcrowding. Everyone will still have to pay the hefty bill."
Transport Secretary Philip Hammond pooh-poohed the Taxpayers' Alliance report as "spurious" adding that it was not right to say that this new service would mean other projects would not go ahead. He said: "We are investing £2 billion a year in (the cross-London) Crossrail (scheme) and when that is finished we will spend £2 billion a year on HS2. It's perfectly possible to invest in major strategic rail projects and still invest in other rail projects."
If history shows us anything, it could be very wise to be suspicious of any tinkering to the rail service, right?