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Started by bossab2 on Jul 24, 2020 11:04:57 PM
Is HS2 pointless - if lots of people work from home?

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breakfast - 24 Jul 2020 23:30:07 (#1 of 42)

https://www.transport-network.co.uk/Case-for-HS2-still-stands-post-COVID-19-minister-says/16628

bossab2 - 25 Jul 2020 07:08:26 (#2 of 42)

Not based on any actual data then.

machiavelli - 25 Jul 2020 07:12:00 (#3 of 42)

It sounded like a bit of a pale pachyderm before covid.

Catspyjamas17 - 25 Jul 2020 08:24:09 (#4 of 42)

Ssh. Yes I tend to agree but the construction and manufacturing sector desparately need these projects, more so than ever now.

Winner - 25 Jul 2020 08:27:01 (#5 of 42)

Haven't they already chopped the trees down? No sense in stopping now.

Catspyjamas17 - 25 Jul 2020 08:30:47 (#6 of 42)

Most of the groundworks are complete apparently.

bossab2 - 25 Jul 2020 08:56:38 (#7 of 42)

So while they could be putting an electric car infrastructure in place...

They persist with this Boris White Elephant

HerrWalrus - 25 Jul 2020 09:03:09 (#8 of 42)

Steady now. If they make it long enough, it may join up with the new bridge to Northern Ireland.

bossab2 - 25 Jul 2020 09:04:32 (#9 of 42)

They'll run out of money and it will terminate at Watford Gap.

HorstVogel - 25 Jul 2020 09:09:50 (#10 of 42)

Haven't they already chopped the trees down? No sense in stopping now.



trees can be planted



in terms of engineering job, perhaps something similar (tracks,energy) for other uses could be in order.



I'm open minded about this mind, do question the use of it though. Too many railway vanity constructions in Germany, see Stuttgart 21.

bossab2 - 25 Jul 2020 10:11:23 (#11 of 42)

It would make a nice flat cycle track !

Snarlygog - 25 Jul 2020 10:12:09 (#12 of 42)

trees can be planted

Ancient woodlands take a long time to develop and where exactly does the ecology hang out in the mean time, while it's established?

Ebadlun - 25 Jul 2020 10:13:56 (#13 of 42)

I'm happy to let a couple of voles crash at my place till they're back on their feet again.

HorstVogel - 25 Jul 2020 10:32:06 (#14 of 42)

Ancient woodlands take a long time to develop and where exactly does the ecology hang out in the mean time, while it's established?



yes, but the argument was some trees have already been chopped, I see that is no reason to continue in itself.

JohnIlly - 25 Jul 2020 10:48:12 (#15 of 42)

Seriously. Is there anyone who intends to use HS2 for daily commuting?

ArriveAlive - 25 Jul 2020 10:52:40 (#16 of 42)

with the speed things are going at I’ll be long-retired by then...

Winner - 25 Jul 2020 11:11:44 (#17 of 42)

If the groundwork have been laid can they do something else with it, like turn it into the world's most expensive cycle route?

hailesaladdie - 25 Jul 2020 13:30:02 (#18 of 42)

> Seriously. Is there anyone who intends to use HS2 for daily commuting?

A very small proportion, I imagine

But those of us who commute along already saturated mainlines would welcome the extra capacity it would free up.

I suspect we'll see a rise in part-time, longer distance commuting and business travel as things ease off. But right now, it's hard to tell.

bailliegillies - 25 Jul 2020 13:36:06 (#19 of 42)

Seriously. Is there anyone who intends to use HS2 for daily commuting?



Well paid workers who can't afford house prices in London.

helbel - 25 Jul 2020 13:42:19 (#20 of 42)

I already have one colleague who commute Birmingham to Canary Wharf.

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