HS2 plan will be white elephant
I ATTENDED the meeting on High Speed 2 and I was amazed that it was filled with politicians of both sides of the divide who are in favour of the HS2 project.
This skewed the debate towards the pro-factions who were often heard chanting 'here here'.
All of the pro-speakers mentioned all the facts and figures relating to the economic benefits, and how the people of Staffordshire would remain in the backwoods if they were stupid enough to stand against a project.
It will only cost £34 billion, which we will have to borrow, increasing the debt, but it apparently is such a shining example of engineering excellence that these lovely comfy trains will make the country run better and it will become more prosperous.
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If you believe that load of old tosh then you may be a little soft in the head. This project is being discussed by a Government that daily tells us that £112 million pounds is being paid out each day to cover our current debt.
Hold on though, let's build a big railway that will cheer the country up a bit and create jobs. A faster way of doing it would be to give £1 billion to the 34 largest cities in the country to spend on creating jobs, and businesses will surely benefit from that.
London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Leeds, Edinburgh, and Glasgow all have one thing in common apart from the proposed link to HS2/3 – they all have an airport.
Why not spend £34 billion on engineering and designing a new internal and international eco-friendly air route for freight and passengers? Why not build an airport in Stoke-on-Trent or Stafford if you want to spend a few million in the area?
The capacity issue is also a nonsense, they say the trains are full, but they are only at peak times. Longer trains and improvements to platforms would cure this, as would the improvement of sea and air freight to get lorries off the roads.
If we must spend the cash, let's improve what we have. Not rip a gash of misery through the country side blighting the lives of a million people.
Staffordshire will not have a stop here because if we do you will lose the extra 20 minutes saving due to slowing down, the stop and the speeding up of the train.
I say shame on all of you that you do not have the gumption to save our beautiful county from this white elephant.
Staffordshire will ultimately have all the pain for generations to come and no gain.
My own community in Colwich, Little Haywood, Great Haywood and Hixon, will be blighted uniquely, sandwiched between the West Coast main line, A51 and the HS2 route all within yards of each other.
I ask the good-minded people of Staffordshire to reject this projectt.
ROLFE PEARCE MBA
Chairman, Haywoods and Hixon Labour Party