General Article High-speed rail misses the point

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A new high-speed rail line costing taxpayers tens of billions of pounds will do nothing to improve the daily journeys of the vast majority of the country’s travelling public.
The proposed north–south link also fails to deliver the climate change benefits and reduced road congestion many people hoped for and it offers significantly less value for money than most road schemes.
Commenting on today’s release of the HS2 report, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
‘Given that a new line won’t open until at least 2025, what are our politicians going to do about the capacity crisis we face across the road and rail networks in the next 15 years as the population grows and the economy recovers? More than 90% of daily trips take place on already congested roads and lavishing billions of pounds on a high-speed rail service to benefit the wealthy few who will use the service is not going to change that reality.
‘Looked at in isolation this scheme has some merit, with sh...

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