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Trains are travel choice from past
WITH regard to HS2, will rail commuters pay a surcharge to travel York to London in half an hour less time? I would argue the case against. Concorde flew faster from London to New York, yet has not been replaced.
Secondly, the case for a shorter travelling time is made that professional and business people need to save time when attending meetings in London.
Yet travel for this purpose is already outdated. It has been superseded by the phenomenal advance in communication technology. Go back only ten years and see the advance in computers, iPads, mobile phones television and email.
Link these all together. Fast forward 20 years and travelling to meetings will be a thing of the past. There will be plasma screens in the offices and we will be able to conference simultaneously with any number of people and see those taking part including ourselves on a large plasma screen, in the same way that interviews are seen on television. These can be conducted from miles apart to across the world.
Who will need or wish to go on a train just to physically be in the same room?
Sorry, the train is yesterday and communication technology is tomorrow.
RS Scruton, Palmes Close, Naburn, York.