Stop making sense
On New Year’s Day the Warrington Guardian reported that HS2 Ltd David Higgins had told MPs that the “£1 billion” Wigan (Golborne) spur ‘no longer makes sense’ and would be reconsidered.
[‘HS2 spur through Warrington could be scrapped’, 1 Jan 2015]
[…] Warrington South MP David Mowat, who was at the meeting and has campaigned against the spur, said: “This line was an error from the start and adds nothing to the overall benefits of HS2.
In his March 2014 HS2 Plus report, David Higgins suggested removing the HS2-to-HS1 connection from the scheme, so it might have been better titled “HS2 Minus”. But he did not question the Wigan spur, so presumably it “made sense” then.
So, one might ask, on exactly what day did the Wigan spur stop “making sense”? What day did the HS2-to-HS1 link, stop making sense? What changed the HS1 link to “not sensible”?
The HS2 project is a £50+ billion, 60-year-plus commitment, so it’s bizarre that chunks of the scheme are classed as not making sense, shortly after millions of pounds have been handed to consultants to design them. The entire project’s governance, rationale, and specification needs to be opened up to public scrutiny.