Scrap HS2 and spend the money on flood defences

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Janet Harris
6 years ago
The enormous cost, the cost for minimal gain in travel time, the destruction of countryside, farmland, ancient woodlands, people's lives being disrupted , but for no gain to them, listed houses being a stones throw from the track when they were not built to withstand the trauma of the building work nearby of the trains flying by or under them. Beeching should never have closed do any lines in the first place. More should be done to take businesses, Air travel and people to towns in the north , reducing the north south devide issues and inproving lives in northern cities. Connecting London with Manchester and Birmingham with very few stations inbetween , is more about the three major cities, especially London, than anywhere else. Please turn it away!

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Hannah Thomson
7 years ago
I live in a railway cottage in Somerset so I see the train disruption, such as cancellations due to the floods first hand. My sister and I have to travel regularly to Heathrow and other than driving there, there is no other option than going into Central London to go back out to Heathrow, hardly cost effective! My sister uses the train more than myself and insists that she has to stand for most of her journeys in exchange for an over priced ticket. Surely, it would be more sustainable to repair the railways we already have, and get this service right before embarking on the HS2? No doubt the government doesn't stand to reap such benefits with repairing our railways as it would a new development. Indeed, the HS2 high-speed rail link link between London, the Midlands and the North of England is expected to cost £42.6bn, where they could repair and divert our railways at a fraction of the cost.

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/WMN-leads-calls-permanent-solution-Dawlish-rail/story-20576777-detail/story.html

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/feb/16/hs2-divert-cash-southwest-railway
(Both websites accessed on 28.04.2014).

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Lesley Ashford
7 years ago
it is a ridiculously expensive vanity project which will only benefit an elite minority, destroy vast swathes of countryside and cost everyone a fortune. A complete and utter folly

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Fred Chowns
7 years ago
Travel on the HS2 will be so expensive It will be like the M6 toll and not used to it's capacity. I can;t afford to travel on the trains now because they are so expensive.Will "they" listen ,no.

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Carl Jepson
7 years ago
We cannot sell our house and get on with our lives due to this white elephant

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Emma McClean
7 years ago
HS2 will only truly benefit a small minority, and in the process destroy the lives of thousands.

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cyra croft
7 years ago
Because it is goingto cause real chaos in Camden economically and socially.

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Frances Malone
7 years ago
On a personal note the route runs through the middle of a relative's farm and will destroy her livelihood. On a larger level it seems to be a massive amount of money to cut off a short period of travel time to one end destination. Despite the amount of money spent on planning this mess it appears that the money that will be required to build it could be put to better use for the greater good of the country.

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Graham Oliver
7 years ago
The huge cost of HS2, which will surely increase over the duration of the project, would be better used on a) dealing with flood defences which will limit domestic and commercial disruption, b) stage 1 improvements to current intercity rail systems, e.g. advanced signalling, leading to today's trains being able to operate at their full potential and c) stage 2 upgrading of rolling stock, lines and stations on existing rail infrastructure. The present system already connects our major cities up and down the country, so let's make best use of what we have in the longer term.

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Alan Ayres
7 years ago
HS2 a complete waste of money, money would be better spent on flood defences to protect vulnerable communities.