MEP in High Speed Two U turn

Chris Davies

Chris Davies

First published in News

LIB Dem Euro MP Chris Davies says the proposed High Speed 2 rail link could become a ‘white elephant’.

The MEP says while he previously supported the scheme, increased costs mean it now needs to be analysed again.

He said: “There are many alternative ways of providing our existing rail network with extra capacity it needs, and they could benefit a greater number of rail travellers.

"There are genuine fears that business travel could fall due to the availability of videoconferencing and improved technology. If that happens HS2 could end up as a white elephant.”

Mr Davies is calling for the modernisation of the signalling system to allow the Pendolino tilting trains to travel to London from Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington and Preston at 140mph.

He wants new flyover junctions so that train paths are not blocked, tracks to be widened at pinch points, longer passenger trains, the re-opening of the former main line from Manchester through the Peak District to the Midlands, and upgrading of other routes for freight.

He added: “Proponents of HS2 need to make a stronger case for spending up to £50 billion on a new rail line when that cash could be used to reduce the deficit or be spent on schemes that will generate more jobs.”

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10:53am Sun 21 Jul 13

old-codger says...

It is a white elephant,
It is not needed,
It is not wanted,

This town will not benefit from it and the cost could increase to double the £30 million original estimate.

Not to mention the environmental devastation,
All to knock 20 minutes off travelling time.

The lunatics are running the asylum.
It is a white elephant, It is not needed, It is not wanted, This town will not benefit from it and the cost could increase to double the £30 million original estimate. Not to mention the environmental devastation, All to knock 20 minutes off travelling time. The lunatics are running the asylum. old-codger
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12:02pm Sun 21 Jul 13

Karlar says...

It is always good to read of politicians facing upto reality. The worry in the case of this obvious white elephant, is that our hard earned money is still being wasted in investigating what was always going to be a scandalous drain on this country's scare resources. There are so many other infrastructure schemes that would benefit from a fraction of the HS2 budget. The existing rail network to name but one. France has just realized that its HS2 equivalent has drained the rest of its rail network of vital funds. This couldn't happen here of course because we pay our rail chiefs such generous bonuses for doing what their job descriptions require - in addition to paying very high salaries.
It is always good to read of politicians facing upto reality. The worry in the case of this obvious white elephant, is that our hard earned money is still being wasted in investigating what was always going to be a scandalous drain on this country's scare resources. There are so many other infrastructure schemes that would benefit from a fraction of the HS2 budget. The existing rail network to name but one. France has just realized that its HS2 equivalent has drained the rest of its rail network of vital funds. This couldn't happen here of course because we pay our rail chiefs such generous bonuses for doing what their job descriptions require - in addition to paying very high salaries. Karlar
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3:17pm Sun 21 Jul 13

grey_man says...

We need our local MPs to follow suit and concede that this train is a waste of £50 billion (and counting) and that it will actually harm the local economy - as independent research proves.
We need our local MPs to follow suit and concede that this train is a waste of £50 billion (and counting) and that it will actually harm the local economy - as independent research proves. grey_man
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8:47pm Tue 23 Jul 13

old-codger says...

The fat controller needs to wake up to reality,
The fat controller needs to wake up to reality, old-codger
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9:45am Thu 25 Jul 13

Dr Beeching says...

Pity the Minister of State for Transport, Simon Burns doesn't share this view. My former constituency MP in Chelmsford whose aversion to rail usage sees him travelling in to Westminster by ministerial car (£80k p.a.) rather than by the commuter cattle truck (£3.5k p.a.standard annual season ticket). With the cost of HS2 already starting to escalate, clearly the country has money to burn(s) -sorry-; I must have misunderstood, I thought we were in deep financial doo doos ?
Pity the Minister of State for Transport, Simon Burns doesn't share this view. My former constituency MP in Chelmsford whose aversion to rail usage sees him travelling in to Westminster by ministerial car (£80k p.a.) rather than by the commuter cattle truck (£3.5k p.a.standard annual season ticket). With the cost of HS2 already starting to escalate, clearly the country has money to burn(s) -sorry-; I must have misunderstood, I thought we were in deep financial doo doos ? Dr Beeching
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