HS2 will be a disaster

THE Warrington Guardian headline of February 12 reads ‘Warrington wil benefit from HS2 – campaigners argue’.

Instead it will be a financial disaster for Warrington and the nation as a whole. Here is why.

The route to Leeds and Manchester has a headline cost of £33bn.

That excludes the trains at £8bn and tax, included in the economic assessment, of 20.9 per cent. Adding those yields £50bn, or nearly £2,000 for every household in the land.

The financial losses after accruing fares out to 2093 will also be close to £2,000 per household.

Those losses will be very much higher than that.

The income depends on passenger forecasts, requiring up to 18 1,000-seat trains per hour. For HS1 initial forecasts were three times too high.

This folly, if built, will amount to at tax hit on a Warrington population of 200,000 of £170 million.

How many jobs will that destroy in that part of the economy that makes a profit?

Nationwide this thing is said to create 100,000 jobs. At £50bn that amounts to £500,000 per job.

Paul Withrington
Transport Watch
Northampton

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9:09pm Sat 23 Feb 13

kenomeat says...

You can complain about HS2 as much as you want; it won't be stopped. Why do you think the government carries on with such an unpopular project? It's because Brussels is demanding it. When oh when will you people learn that we gave up the right to govern our own country years ago.
Suggest you google TEN-T.
You can complain about HS2 as much as you want; it won't be stopped. Why do you think the government carries on with such an unpopular project? It's because Brussels is demanding it. When oh when will you people learn that we gave up the right to govern our own country years ago. Suggest you google TEN-T. kenomeat

4:06pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Alan McKinnon says...

While I'm all for investment in public transport where it will help wean us off our unhealthy addiction to the private motor car, HS1/2 is not the right way forward. It will only benefit a relatively small number of business execs, while the vast majority of the British public will see no practical gain at all. Far better to invest in local transport infrastructure projects where many more of us will see a direct benefit on a daily basis.
While I'm all for investment in public transport where it will help wean us off our unhealthy addiction to the private motor car, HS1/2 is not the right way forward. It will only benefit a relatively small number of business execs, while the vast majority of the British public will see no practical gain at all. Far better to invest in local transport infrastructure projects where many more of us will see a direct benefit on a daily basis. Alan McKinnon

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