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HS2 - High Speed Rail Link. We dont need to spend £160m per mile

Costing over £160m per mile, the proposed HS2 High Speed Rail Link will not only help further bankrupt our country but will slash and scar our countryside, leaving a permanent reminder to our children of politics gone mad and a dynasty of greed of gargantuan proportions.

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      • Gordon FindlayGordon Findlay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is going to tax the poor to allow rich businessmen to travel to their meetings a bit quicker, damaging an officially protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the process. The net flow of jobs would be to London, not "the north" as proponents claim. The money would be better spent on upgrading the whole rail network so the whole country benefits.

      • Darren FeltonDarren Felton commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No! No! No! Imagine if the train system (and local services, e.g. TfL) had £33 Billion to upgrade? The country does not need this train. We have some already. Let's get them working first. Please?

      • JennyJenny commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We already have two trains from London to Birmingham - one from Euston & one from Marylebone. If you had non stop trains every hour from each station that would save the 20mins thats costing the country in excess of 33bn. Save the money & give it to the NHS , Police Force & our future - the Students.

      • KimKim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        With all of the reports coming from other countries of the financial difficulties they are experiencing with high speed rail, what part of NOT VIABLE, TOO EXPENSIVE are our government struggling with??

      • Colin MegsonColin Megson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If I ruled the world, there would be a 30 mph speed limit on everything that moves. Halves the mobile fuel costs overnight. Makes everybody stay put wherever they reached in the day - lots of new hotels and jobs. Cuts accidental travel-related deaths and injuries by 99%. Relaxes everybody's nervous system and blood pressure and adds another 5 years to life expectancy. Just what does speed for the sake of it offer?

      • tdamtdam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Such horrendoes cost both in the loss of beautiful countryside but also the cost to the taxpaper. What is the justification for such an extravagance when we have a railway that has only recently been made into a four track. What's wrong with going a little slower - do we need to speed up our way of life?

      • AnonymousAnonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We should improve the services we already have. Moe trains, more reasonably priced. We already have two main lines running north to south, why ruin more countryside for something we cannot afford, to save a small amount of time? Also I`ve no doubt it will be unaffordable for most people.

      • Patricia StephenPatricia Stephen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ridiculous waste of money this country has not got. Just improve our existing infrastructure. This government wastes money in all directions, since being in power they have done nothing to improve this country and now they want to make a big scar across our beautiful countryside to save a few people twenty minutes off their journey. Couldn't they just get up a bit earlier and use an improved rail network?

      • Rebecca KingRebecca King commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        HS2 will happen: Cameron is terified of appearing to change his mind too often and has pretty well said its going ahead. This despite the appalling damage to ancient woodland (40+ sites directly affected). 4 Wildlife Trust reserves, 10 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), and numerous local wildlife sites lie in the route of the proposed High Speed Rail HS2 route. It will fragment populations of butterflies, bats and birds, and compromise the natural movements of large mammals such as badgers. In fact it's as damaging as it could be, and has been presented as if this was the only alternative.
        Its opposed by the Woodland Trust, RSPB, Wildlife trusts etc etc. And the closing date is less than three weeks away!

      • Elaine HancockElaine Hancock commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The spanish have stopped theres due to only average of 9 passengers a day at a cost of£16,000 a day to operate .The scottish tram service is massively overdue and over budget. Please help we need 100,000 signed up against it .It will benefit few if built but it will be paid for from our taxes.

      • Elaine HancockElaine Hancock commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        this needs the help of everyone to stop it .there are only a few weeks left and everyone will ed up paying when we need more help for the elderly, the sick ,more jobs created now.more for pensions and general transport improvements.more money for the forcesand no destruction of our countryside.PLEASE HELP

      • keyskeys commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is going to go through unless there is a major campaign!!

      • NeilNeil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Improve the whole rail network, rather than propose a 'white elephant' of a dedicated track!

      • DamianDamian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If you could see the gorgeous countryside and buildings this will destroy you would stop the HS2 now. Not least the wildlife, total disregard to bat preservation orders etc whose natural habitat is being destroyed, the families that this line is upsetting. This line makes no sense....it really does not add up unless your the contractor or politician.

      • Elaine HancockElaine Hancock commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It is unlikely to be built in Britain so cost the country in imports.The trains that are being updated have been contracted to japan and germany.I believe they have been fact finding in china.

      • Daphne gilbertDaphne gilbert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The money would be better spent on the existing outdated networks e.g. Northern rail's Newcastle Carlisle line!

      • Deborah DobsonDeborah Dobson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Chilterns AONB, and corridor north must be protected
        Need not proven 14x1000 passengers PER HOUR each way!!!
        Raod transport still required from stations
        estimated costs are outdated and based on European model
        Costs will make travel costs too high
        Money could be better used
        more important to speed up north from B'ham at a reasonable cost

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