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Rail electrification


If the Labour party really wanted to impress, it could admit “we backed the wrong horse” on HS2, wrote Newcastle University rail research associate Philip Mortimer (The Conversation, 22 July 2014).

Much more cost-effective options (eg HSUK) have been developed yielding the capacity, speed, interconnectivity and environmental benefits. Yet Labour, like the other major parties, are solidly and mindlessly supporting the project in a lemming-like belief that it is the only credible option. In reality it is being endlessly revisited and repackaged as a panacea solution to the claimed constraints on rail’s future performance and capabilities. For the £50bn (and rising) price tag, the entire UK railway system could be electrified, lines re-instated and modernised.


Written by beleben

August 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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