The Anonymous Widower

HS2 And The General Election

In some ways the impact of HS2 on the General Election was more noticeable by its absence. I have only found one serious article  in Rail News, that even discusses the subject. This is the first two paragraphs.

Ahead of the general election campaigners against HS2 made much of the opportunity for opponents to vote for parties that wanted the project scrapped. But the final election results suggest HS2 had little impact.

Only UKIP and the Greens put scrapping HS2 as a core issue in their manifestos. And a lone single-issue candidate also campaigned against HS2 in the Westminster North constituency but came bottom of the poll with 63 votes, or just 0.2 per cent of the total cast.

Ukip are a law unto their own, but why are the Greens against HS2?

I do wonder if HS2 is going through a similar popularity as Crossrail, where parts of London were against the building of the rail link in the early days of the project. Now Londoners seem to be getting enthusiastic about their new railway.

May 20, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. The problem with HS2 is that nobody outside London wants it. It fails to enthuse the very people that our insular politicians think they are helping. If the London government wants to help areas outside the south east they should spend the money on other infra-structure projects. It might be good to ask the people affected what they need, rather than telling them.
    It wasn’t curiosity that killed the cat, it was arrogance.

    Comment by John Wright | May 20, 2015 | Reply

  2. Having just returned from the Liverpool-Manchester area, I feel they want it up there. Although, I think we need to build it rather differently, taking note of the advances in tunnelling as proven by Crossrail.

    You also have to remember that one of the main reasons for HS2 is to free up paths for freight trains on the West Coast Main Line.

    Comment by AnonW | May 20, 2015 | Reply


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