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05/12/2012 at 13:18
Just reading the pre-budget report (as you do) and they are talking about the high speed train line again and extending it even further.
Billions this thing is costing, billions. Why are they doing it? For the sake of saving 20 minutes or so on a train journey. Surely most commuters are working whilst they are on the train journey anyway?
05/12/2012 at 14:42
On my own then!
05/12/2012 at 14:46
I totally agree, there's so many other things the money could be spent on - keeping the services that we currently have going for a start rather than constantly having to cut back so they're running on the bare bones!
05/12/2012 at 14:50
I haven't looked at the cost but I love the high speed train- I don't commute but will use the train to travel to Newcastle to visit family- the HS goes to St Pancreas so I only have to walk to Kings X rather than get the tube from Victoria.
I do totally appreciate this probably does not justify the cost but from a totally selfish view I like it. I suppose it could be argued that faster train links could improve the economy- it will make commuting from linger distances a much more viable option, meaning more people have access to moe job opportunities
05/12/2012 at 14:53
disclaimer: not read the budget report...
is the argument that it will bring business to those cities it is connecting with london? i live very near ebbsfleet, which is on the high speed network 1. it goes way down into kent too. i know that with the HS1, commuters have been able to move further out of london deeper into kent, which then in turn brings business to those towns people are moving to. also, businesses might be more inclined to start up in those areas now that they are linked much quicker to london.
but yes, admittedly, it costs a blooming BOMB, and i think i would rather it seen spent elsewhere (education/nhs/keeping the cost of living down) first of all.
05/12/2012 at 14:54
I agree it is a huge cost at a time when money should be being spent elsewhere, if we had a booming economy it would be a "nice to have" but we dont! mind you how many people will be employed building it? I am sure that is how they will sell it to be honest.
05/12/2012 at 15:01
I wouldn't have thought it was a priority - sorting out the current train system would be better! I can only hope it will bring jobs. Capital investment is the best way to get the economy going IMO, you can't cut your way out of recession.
But what do I know, I don't have a history degree like our esteemed (and in no way in over his under-qualified head) chancellor. Sarcastic rant over!
05/12/2012 at 17:15
I'm a bit on the fence with this one. It's an awful lot of money, but I know that costs of everything go up enormously as soon as the rail network is part of it - a bit like weddings I suppose. A light bulb that normally cost £x would probably end up costing 3 or 4 times more if sold to the railway. I'd probably best not get started on my rant about how the railway is being managed these days...
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