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Change HS2 vanity project
4:52pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Letters
A GOOD letter from Mr Ewen Simpson from Mid Cheshire Against HS2 and poor arguments by Dr Simpson supporting proposals, in last week’s Opinion pages.
I cannot understand our leaders wanting to continue with plans which have doubtful benefits for a project with constantly rising cost estimates, and now not even supported by the Institute of Directors.
The Government and rail industry should drop this vanity project and return to a better and possibly cheaper option to accommodate extra traffic, which I believe should have been considered long ago and could benefit much of the UK.
Population and town and city sizes have grown over the past 50 years, and yet north/south-Scotland/England rely on one West and one East coast main line with branches off each. Should there be major problems on either line schedules are thrown into chaos. Some years ago a poorly supported ‘Waverley’ route main line Edinburgh – Carlisle was taken-up as being of little benefit. Last year it was partly re-opened as many smaller town were totally cut off from the rail network.
Consideration should now be given to linking Glasgow to that line, possibly to be feeders into the Carlisle-Settle, a line which for many years was threatened with closure but is now a successful freight line.
And so on to Leeds and Sheffield, not a million miles apart.
Sheffield is linked to London via Midland Main Line. Several years ago I travelled on this line which because of work on the West Coast was allowed to feed into Manchester from London St Pancras.
There had previously been the Great Central Line, Marylebone-Derby-Manchester Central.
There must be other possibilities of re-establishing main line connections to many UK cities utilising existing routes which now are used solely by walkers and cyclists.
If the will is there, and better use is made of what seems readily available cash, Network Rail could use the thought and imagination of great rail builders of the past, eg the port of Immingham was built and owned by the Great Central Railway.
Considered at first a serious mistake it is now Britain’s busiest bulk cargo port. DENIS CAIN Highbank Road Greenbank
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