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tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 10:46PM
waste of money

and spend the money on schools and hospitals

Does it matter if you can get from Birmingham to London twenty minutes earlier - not really

Why don't they come clean and admit that the current rail network is overloaded

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Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
17 Nov 2012 10:51PM
Have you ever travelled using the current line ?
tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2012 11:13PM

Quote:Have you ever travelled using the current line ?


No I haven't Paul but....

Quote:

Why don't they come clean and admit that the current rail network is overloaded

Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
17 Nov 2012 11:23PM
Yes its really bad.

I`ve never travelled London/Birmingham, always Reading/Birmingham and that`s bad enough.

This new line is at least 40 years over due Smile
thewilliam 6 4.8k
17 Nov 2012 11:48PM

Quote:waste of money

and spend the money on schools and hospitals

Does it matter if you can get from Birmingham to London twenty minutes earlier - not really

Why don't they come clean and admit that the current rail network is overloaded



State schools and public hospitals are purely for the benefit the peasantry. "Our people" send their offspring to proper schools and medical treatment would always be done privately. This is the real waste of public money and leaves less for tax cuts so the disgrace that's the 50p rate of income tax might not be abolished.

The HS2 will allow "our people" to get to Birmingham a little quicker so is far more worthwhile. What puzzles me is why anyone would want to go there: it's north of Watford for heaven's sake.

The really worthwhile development is the proposed "third class" where passengers will be standing all the way and in the future will probably ride in cattle trucks. Wink WinkWinkWink
joolsb 10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
18 Nov 2012 7:54AM

Quote:Does it matter if you can get from Birmingham to London twenty minutes earlier - not really

Why don't they come clean and admit that the current rail network is overloaded



Ermm, isn't that why they're trying to provide extra capacity in the form of HS2? And even that is just a drop in the proverbial of what's needed.

Trouble is, people want extra capacity but don't want to pay for it or to have new railway lines built near them.
redsnappa 12 2.0k United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 8:49AM
Don't forget when HS2 is in operation the fares will be above and beyond what many of the lower classes can afford, the real reason HS2 is being built is so the well off do not have to travel on old overcrowded rolling stock with the riff raff.
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 9:37AM
Why do people need to travel so much? You could put high speed internet into every home for a fraction of the cost of HS2, so a lot of work could be done by video conf.
dcash29 9 2.0k England
18 Nov 2012 9:39AM

Quote:waste of money

and spend the money on schools and hospitals



It is a waste of money, friends of mine have no trouble commuting and what about the take-up of our greenbelt land. Although i'm not one believing that it should go to the schools and hospitals.

Government and Councils have wasted millions in knocking down and rebuilding leaving us all in debt and not improving the service.
tomcat e2
9 6.2k 15 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 9:46AM

Quote:Why do people need to travel so much? You could put high speed internet into every home for a fraction of the cost of HS2, so a lot of work could be done by video conf.


Something I have often thought about BriSmile

The same goes for air travel and the constant need for additional airports or runways
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
18 Nov 2012 9:52AM

Quote:Why do people need to travel so much? You could put high speed internet into every home for a fraction of the cost of HS2, so a lot of work could be done by video conf.

Oh, how I wish every boss thinks like that, save me 2 hours everyday and plenty of money for petrol.
User_Removed 4 48 1 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 10:26AM
Why should the Tax payer, pay millions of pounds every year to private rail company's to make fat cats richer and laugh all the way to the bank.
joolsb 10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
18 Nov 2012 10:34AM

Quote:Don't forget when HS2 is in operation the fares will be above and beyond what many of the lower classes can afford, the real reason HS2 is being built is so the well off do not have to travel on old overcrowded rolling stock with the riff raff.


So you don't think that fewer trains on the existing line might lead to a better service for all, then?
collywobles 10 3.4k 9 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 10:59AM
They said all this when the M1 was first proposed and also when Heathrow was proposed to become an International Airport. I also remember it also being said about the Eurostar Railway Line Dover to London. Now we couldn't do without them. Projects like this must be seen with the long term view, I remember it used to take me 11 hours to drive to Cornwall now I can do it 3-4 - its about progress!


Quote:the real reason HS2 is being built is so the well off do not have to travel on old overcrowded rolling stock with the riff raff.


ARE YOU SERIOUS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ?
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
18 Nov 2012 11:18AM

Quote:They said all this when the M1 was first proposed


I doubt they mentioned high speed internet or video conferencing......

Tongue

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