David Cameron launched the Conservative manifesto this morning. In a speech that referred to buccaneering, he also referred to the plans to build HS2. As expected the Conservatives committed to the £50 billion HS2 (and HS3 as well).
It’s worth noting that buccaneers were legalised pirates who had a letter of authority from the British government to steal from other people – the parallels with HS2 Ltd are obvious.
On the Northern Powerhouse, the Conservative manifesto said:
p 11 …And that is on top of our £50 billion commitment to build High Speed 2 – the new North-South railway linking up London with the West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester – and develop High Speed 3 to join up the North….
p 14…In addition to rolling out our national high-speed rail network, with High Speed 2 and High Speed 3, we will complete the construction of the new east-west Crossrail across Greater London, and push forward with plans for Crossrail 2, a new rail route running through London and connecting Surrey and Hertfordshire.
On the Environment:
p56…We will build new roads and railways in a way that limits, as far as possible, their impact on the environment. This includes investing £300 million in cutting light pollution from new roads, doing more tunnelling, building better noise barriers and helping to restore lost habitat. We will also replace locally any biodiversity lost in the construction of High Speed 2.