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Sally Bercow tweets support for HS1-and HS2

Ashford International to St Pancras is about 90 kilometres on the HS1 railway, i.e. a round trip of 180 km. Folkestone Central is another 22 km from Ashford, so a round trip of 224 km from London.

In 2012 – 2013, Southeastern received government subsidies worth 8 pence per passenger-kilometre. So each user’s weekly commute from Folkestone Central to St Pancras comes at a cost of about £90 a week to the public purse.

It’s curious how the government is happy to provide large non-means-tested benefits to commute long distance by rail into London, while cutting means-tested accommodation benefits for people living in London. The policy doesn’t have an iota of rationality.

Written by beleben

March 6, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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