The post isn't supposed to start a debate of whether the link is right or wrong.This isn’t a Cafe thread.
HS2 has a number of benefits, the capacity increase being the main one to free up the old line for freight and more local services.
But the cost does seem very high.
As I understand it, the cost as presented is misleading, as other Countries separate the direct infrastructure measures from the other aspects of it. A fair proportion of the cost is allocated to improving branch lines, that will have more capacity as they won't have to be sidelined to accommodate mainline trains coming through. As one example, even though not directly linked, branch lines in Wales will see improvements as part of the HS2 project.We do need an improved integrated public rail/bus system and that needs investment in infrastructure, but HS2 isn't it.
Better to improve/replace existing.+ build new lines for higher speed full electrification to get rid of diesel powered engines completely with better banking/ smooth out curves and add new routes connecting/relocating main line stations. Finally improve and systematically replace all existing rolling stock
More of a shame for the SSSI , Ancient woodlands , nature reserves that now find they are in the way. Not to forgetting the odd new housing estate, bit's of newly open canal oh and most of a scout camp along the way.All the protests seem to be from rich southerners moaning that their houses will be devalued, more freight/passengers on the Railway will mean less cars/lorries on our congested roads. At least it will reverse some of Beeching's stupidity'
Shame we can't get EU funding for infrastructure projects anymore though.