HS2 spur is not needed here at all

HS2 spur is not needed here at all

HS2 spur is not needed here at all

First published in Letters by

WHY do we need a spur to York causing more environmental damage?

After the proposed introduction of the Pendolino trains on the East Coast Line and the Parliamentary Environmental Committee’s recommendation to run the HS2 trains slower to reduce carbon emissions, there will be little, if any, time savings to London.

In addition, any economic benefit to York, which is queried today in the IEA report, will not be incremental but a redistribution from other towns in the area.

The scrapping of this spur would also hopefully retain the frequency of passenger services south of York which under HS2 are due to be reduced.

Stuart Spensley, Church Fenton, Tadcaster.

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1:28pm Wed 30 Apr 14

RobGT81 says...

Agree with you Stuart. Especially feel for you affected guys in Fenton, just to save 20 minutes on a trip to London.

The country doesn't need HS2. The North especially, doesn't need HS2. The money should be invested in high speed communication networks (Broadband/5G) across the country and investment in trans-pennine routes will be of much greater benefit to the North over the next 50 years.
Agree with you Stuart. Especially feel for you affected guys in Fenton, just to save 20 minutes on a trip to London. The country doesn't need HS2. The North especially, doesn't need HS2. The money should be invested in high speed communication networks (Broadband/5G) across the country and investment in trans-pennine routes will be of much greater benefit to the North over the next 50 years. RobGT81
  • Score: -19

4:03pm Wed 30 Apr 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Agreed but try telling 450 brain dead MP's that.
I wouldn't mind so much if we had the cash to pay for HS2. We don't!
Agreed but try telling 450 brain dead MP's that. I wouldn't mind so much if we had the cash to pay for HS2. We don't! ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -18

10:51pm Wed 30 Apr 14

courier46 says...

Also agree, total waste of a huge amount of money for 20 mins but they cant spend it on a list (make your own) of things that we need more than a slightly faster train.
Also agree, total waste of a huge amount of money for 20 mins but they cant spend it on a list (make your own) of things that we need more than a slightly faster train. courier46
  • Score: -27

9:06am Thu 1 May 14

Zetkin says...

ColdAsChristmas wrote:
Agreed but try telling 450 brain dead MP's that. I wouldn't mind so much if we had the cash to pay for HS2. We don't!
We certainly DO have the cash; the government can always find plenty to benefit its rich chums or wage pointless wars.

Whether HS2 is a wise use of it is another matter entirely, and I'm not convinced by either side of the argument yet.
[quote][p][bold]ColdAsChristmas[/bold] wrote: Agreed but try telling 450 brain dead MP's that. I wouldn't mind so much if we had the cash to pay for HS2. We don't![/p][/quote]We certainly DO have the cash; the government can always find plenty to benefit its rich chums or wage pointless wars. Whether HS2 is a wise use of it is another matter entirely, and I'm not convinced by either side of the argument yet. Zetkin
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