• Friday , 24 October 2014

HS2 – the view from the Black Country

It seems you can’t move these days without bumping into someone mouthing off about the benefits – or otherwise – of HS2, the planned high-speed rail link between London and the north of England.

1332225362_d321019fabNot surprising, I suppose. There’s an awful lot of public money being earmarked for it – over £42 billion (that’s billion, not million) at the last count.

And the proposed route is proving a headache for lots of people living alongside.

My own view is based fair and square on how much good HS2 would do Sandwell and the rest of the Black Country.

And I have to say for me the case is still unproven.

It seems to me most of HS2’s much talked about economic benefits will flow to London – and I therefore wonder why thousands and thousands of people living elsewhere should have their home lives disrupted.
What’s more, I’m far from convinced that the new line will necessarily improve journeys for people travelling from Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Dudley.

In this context, I was a bit saddened to see Birmingham’s Sir Albert Bore coming out so strongly in favour of HS2.

He’s entitled to his views, of course, and I respect them.
But people shouldn’t run away with the idea that on this issue Sir Albert represents the views of all his colleagues in local government.

There are others!

 

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Comments
  • Rich October 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Here here! First it was the M6 Toll that was meant to be saviour of the midlands and now it’s HS2. Same business model (premium travel), same outcome (will be under used and a waste if money run at cost)

  • Lynda October 31, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Maybe the ‘leaders’ should come together, talk and come up with a majority and consistent view……..?

  • Mike Maynard November 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

    It’s a waste of money. I will probably be dead by the time it’s finished, so I’m not too bothered. I suppose the weak MP’s who voted for it think the same…

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