The transport secretary will attempt to underline the benefits of high-speed rail to the rest of the country, beyond the planned routes between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, as she gives the green light to the £32bn project on Tuesday.Having read the statistics on the Japanese bullet train and the UKs track record with large public projects meant for 'the greater good' I can see this falling on it's arse.
Justine Greening will confirm the first phase of the route from London to Birmingham on which high-speed trains will start running in 2026. She will also stress that the investment will mean faster, better services, and more trains to destinations beyond Britain's second city, and emphasise the first phase should be only the foundation of a future network.
With opponents of the project questioning the huge expenditure for time savings of half an hour between London and Birmingham, the government will stress that early beneficiaries of the scheme will be places off or beyond the HS2 route. Some high-speed trains – although not the double deckers mooted at the weekend by Greening – would continue onward on existing track to destinations on the west side of the country. Liverpool, Glasgow and Preston will first to benefit from these through-running services from 2026, travelling the first stage from London to the West Midlands at more than 200mph.
They don't even know what trains they want or who's going to build them!
Big fatty white elephant with Japanese people pointing and laughing.
p.s 25% on legal fees? Really?