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(Belatedly) speaking truth unto trainspotters

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Twitter, @CarlShillitoUK at the 'National Rail Conference'

At Bauer’s “National Rail Conference” today (15 June 2017) the ‘moderator’ is Steve Norris, and the ‘keynote speaker’ is HS2 Ltd chairman David Higgins.

Would that be the same Steve Norris who helped run the incompetent and now-defunct track maintenance company, Jarvis?

The Guardian, 'Jarvis crash year bonuses', 15 Sep 2004

And the same David Higgins who

  • mismanaged Network Rail’s Great Western electrification project, contributing to costs almost tripling?
  • was appointed to “drive down” the cost of HS2, and completely failed to do so?
  • on 17 November 2014, told the House of Commons transport committee that “a railway line where trains travel at 220 miles an hour as opposed to 120 miles an hour clearly has nearly twice the capacity because you can have twice as many trains on it”?

Mr Higgins’ capacity dissemblance was revealed on the Beleben blog on 18 November 2014. But the largely trainspotter readership of Bauer’s “Rail” magazine had to wait more than two years to be told the capacity truth.

Extract from, Rail magazine 823, March 2017, 'HS2 fails to spark public imagination'

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June 15, 2017 at 10:47 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

Who wants more austerity, to pay for HS2?

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‘£56 billion’ spent on HS2 would mean ‘£56 billion’ not spent on fixing Britain’s collapsing public services, dilapidated roads, and social housing stock.

World Bank, health expenditure as percentage of GDP, France / Germany / UK / USA

Yet there are still some people who think building HS2 is a good idea.

Bauer 'National Rail Conference 2017', sponsored content in the Birmingham Post

Bauer 'National Rail Conference 2017 programme'

Bauer 'National Rail Conference 2017 speakers'

Written by beleben

June 15, 2017 at 8:06 am

Posted in HS2, Politics

HS2 and self-driving cars

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Although KPMG UK were happy to take the government’s shilling(s) to eulogise HS2, KPMG worldwide seems to take a different view on high speed rail.

Twitter, @JennyBelleW, 'KPMG have long suggested that high speed rail isn't needed when you have autonomous cars'

Written by beleben

June 2, 2017 at 10:40 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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