Last week, we analysed part of an answer to a question on HS2 asked at Prime Minister’s Question time. Now we are looking at a different part of his answer.
David Cameron said
“…The rest of the world is getting on board the high-speed rail revolution and it is right that we should too.”
However this is misleading. The real fact is we’ve already got railways that meet the international definitions of high speed rail – but also other countries are dropping their plans to build more railways.
Had David Cameron read a Stop HS2 article from last month – STOP HS2 | The pack of cards begins to fall as the UK still scrambles to save HS2 – he would have been reminded of these.
- As far as the EU is concerned, the UK already has an extensive HSR network. The EU counts trains travelling at over 200 kph on existing tracks as HSR so the west and east lines up to Scotland, as well as the line to Bristol and HS1 all already count as HSR. See map on page 2 on this link: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/12/st08/st08047-ad07.en12.pdf
And we said
- Across Europe, governments are pulling back from the mad dash for HSR. So, stopping to think about a rational and NATIONAL (Miliband please note!) transport plan with massive rail investment right across the existing network as part of that, would put us in the top class, not ‘behind’ Europe.
What’s more, a recent report on European rail trends by Amadeus, showed that out of 20 countries, the United Kingdom has the second highest number of people using long distance trains, with 169 million long distance rail journeys in 2011. Only France had more.
But last month’s article is not the only time we’ve covered the international scene.
- STOP HS2 | Keeping up with the Joneses – or Les Français
- STOP HS2 | More ‘nasties’ in Nantes – and why it matters to us
- NEW JOURNAL COMMENT: High-speed rail to win the global race economically? HS2 scandal is a fast way to waste money | Camden New Journal
- STOP HS2 | “No money to pay for it” STOP HS2 | Update from the No TAV campaign
- STOP HS2 | High speed rail in Lille and Lyon: HS2 Ltd are economical with the truth
- STOP HS2 | Violence in Nantes and four farces of European transport megaprojects
- STOP HS2 | No Russian Rush for high speed rail.
- STOP HS2 | Some countries are facing problems with their high speed railways
Q14.  Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con): The widely disputed economic benefits of HS2 may or may not be realised in 20 years’ time. However, the blight, fear and anxiety the project generates hit my constituency on 28 January with the announcement of the extended route. I now have constituents who cannot sell their houses, businesses uncertain about their future and the potential loss of a £500 million private sector investment set to generate 7,000 jobs in 2016. Can my right hon. Friend ensure that representatives of HS2 visit my constituency to address the real concerns of my constituents about this project?
The Prime Minister: I am very happy to make sure that what my hon. Friend asks for happens. I quite understand that the launch of a project such as HS2 causes a lot of local concern and unease. That is why we are putting in place such a large national consultation and will put in place a very generous compensation scheme. If we are to win in the global race economically, we must ensure that we invest in new infrastructure, whether roads and bypasses, bridges, tunnels or, indeed, railways including high-speed rail. The rest of the world is getting on board the high-speed rail revolution and it is right that we should too.