Don’t mention HS2 to Conference
[…] So let’s invest in high speed rail – and let’s make sure it can be run under public ownership, as a public service: an integrated national asset that the country can be proud of.
But she did not mention “High Speed Two” or “HS2”, even though that is undoubtedly what she was referring to. What transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin calls the “new north-south line” is a laughably ineffective way of ‘freeing up space for new commuter services’ and ‘taking lorries off our congested roads’. The so-called released capacity effects of HS2 have been thoroughly debunked on the Beleben blog.