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HS2 is not versatile infrastructure

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Jerry Nickelsburg’s evaluation of growth rates of locales served by Japan’s Shinkansen was the subject of a 24 July 2012 Beleben blogpost. In the British context, Mr Nickelsburg’s findings would seem to support investment in versatile infrastructure facilitating improved freight and passenger movement (such as a reactivated Great Central line).

But the British government’s HS2 ‘Spinkansen’ railway is the antithesis of versatile.

[Rory Sutherland, The Spectator, 25 May 2013]

The [HS2] train line, whatever happens, will only be able to do one thing: carry people (not freight) very fast between three or four pre-ordained points. That’s it.

Written by beleben

May 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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