Originally posted on beleben:
On June 22, The Guardian Northerner Blog’s political commentator Ed Jacobs asked how the HS2 project could be made more ‘relevant’ to people.
Talking in generalisations about economic growth may sound good, but it doesn’t address the day-to-day transport problems that we have to endure in the north. So, for those advocating the route, here are four questions that could do with being answered:
1. What would High Speed Rail to northern England do to ease the UK’s unenviable position of having the most expensive rail fares in Europe?
2. How would the project address the problem of trains persistently running late?
3. Will HS2 do anything to relieve frequently overcrowded trains?
4. Would HS2 do anything about the train fare system which so many people cite as being too confusing?
I don’t think HS2 could help much with these issues. Fares are high because the railway is inefficient and…
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