The overwhelming majority – two thirds – of people who replied were opposed to the line. Even in Birmingham, 30% of people are opposed to the line.
What was equally interesting was that only 30% of the respondents though that HS2 would benefit Birmingham’s economy.
The article states “Just under 34 per cent thought they would use high speed rail, either in a professional or personal capacity. However, that figure rose to almost 95 per cent among people who were supporting HS2.”
This shows that the support for HS2 comes almost entirely from people who think they would benefit directly from it.
It would be fascinating to see how many of the “almost half of those who supported the HS2 project live within five miles of the proposed track” also live in Birmingham.
I’d also like to see the breakdown of how many, for instance, of the people earning under £20,000 would use HS2 personally, or if all those earning over £70,000 would use it professionally.
All in all, it’s an interesting survey.