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Last week's poll: the right route to HS2?

HS2 chair David Higgins has proposed speeding up the construction of the northern section of the controversial rail network, building a new hub at Crewe, and scrapping the HS2 - HS1 link. With which of the following statements do you most closely agree?

The anti-HS2 lobby were out in force among the 754 respondents to last week’s poll, with a clear majority — 55 per cent — saying that the scheme in an unnecessary waste of money and should be scrapped. The next largest group, 19 per cent, thought David Higgins’ proposals didn’t fast-track the Northern sections of the line enough, while 17 per cent thought the proposals did not address the country’s transport needs. Only 5 per cent thought the proposals address the concerns about HS2, while 3 per cent couldn’t pick one of our options.

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Please let us know what you think about the results of this poll.


Readers' comments (36)

  • I believe HS2 is an unnecessary project which has no cost/benefit justification and will simply waste money and irreparably damage this country. The existing overall rail network can be improved at a lower cost and with a genuine benefit to the whole country and economy.

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  • A total waste of money, which could be better spent on local transport improvements and sorting out our under funded NHS.

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  • I cannot believe HS2 has not been scrapped years ago. There is no public support for this gross waste of money in a time when essential public services are being cut.

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  • HS2 is an unnecessary waste of money.
    What the North really needs in the way of transport is better links from cities in the North to other cities in the North!

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  • HS2 will end up pulling more finance and people into London and the South East and will undermine the existing rail network rather than enhance it while causing unavoidable environmental and social damage and upheaval.
    It would be better to upgrade the existing Midland Mainline (which already forms the basis for a 'Y-shaped network') to high speed from London to Sheffield, have spurs to the centres deemed critical for the current HS2 plan, improve the capacity and standard of the existing East and West Coast lines, and connect those lines to the more central high speed line branching from Sheffield.

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  • If the Governement is so hell-bent on building HS2 to 'regenerate the north' why is it also forcing councils in the South East to allow massive increases in house building numbers? Nothing adds up!

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  • I agree with the statement that HS2 is an unnecessary waste of money. We already have a service from London to Birmingham - why not upgrade the current system. Spend the money on linking the main cities in the north and improving the infrastructure in this area. This is where the money should be spent.

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  • Complete waste of money we will have to borrow. Would any of the politicians invest their own money on it? Not a chance!

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  • Looking at the map:

    1. HS2's speed-first route risks making Birmingham and Birmingham airport part of the mega-London economy: bad for the North South Divide
    2. Speed-first to Birmingham then needs one fork to Manchester and one to Leeds, but:
    3. Neither fork meets the North’s priority for a fast-link between these two centres.
    4. HS2 avoids East Midlands Airport: that region’s potential growth driver.
    5. HS2’s trains are extra power-hungry and need bespoke stations.
    6. And, Euston has access penalties for south of London and east of City users.

    This alternative aims to meet these shortcomings:

    http://hsnorthstart.wordpress....

    From the outset, the Northern Cities Crossrail would refresh parts that HS2 will not. Critiques welcome.

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  • HS2 is an unnecessary waste of money

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