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Reckless belief in HS2

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Ukip‘s 2010 manifesto, described as drivel by party leader Nigel Farage in January 2014, called for three high speed rail lines to be built across Britain. In September 2014, Ukip opened its conference in Doncaster with a pledge to scrap the HS2 project.

Following the defection of Mark Reckless from the Conservative party to Ukip, the Rochester and Strood by-election is set for 20 November, the Telegraph reported. In April 2014, while still a Conservative, Mr Reckless spoke approvingly of HS2, and a full monty HS2 – HS1 connection, in the House of Commons High Speed Rail bill debate.

Mr Reckless said he had “no answer from opponents of HS2 who claim that only London will benefit and the north will be harmed by cutting the journey time from Manchester to London from just over two hours to just over one hour. If they truly believe that, why don’t they campaign to double the minimum journey time to over four hours, or have a man walk in front of the trains with a red flag, to really get the economy going?”

Predicted growth of London population, in HS2 Ltd diagram

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Written by beleben

October 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS1, HS2

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  1. Interesting diagram. Apparently London’s population is 40x larger than Manchester (so about 120 million) or perhaps 200x larger than Sheffield (so about 180 million). But then again, London accounts for 25% of UK GDP – assuming, of course, that businesses generate 100% of their income from their London head office. It is (for example) a truth known by everyone that the UK’s oil refineries and petrol stations only survive thanks to all the subsidies which they receive courtesy of the paper shuffling in the square mile.

    matthew jones

    October 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

  2. richie40

    October 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm

  3. […] by the Daily Telegraph whether he still supported HS2 despite defecting to Ukip, Mark Reckless said: “I’m reflecting on that. My speech is […]


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