Councillor David Salter, from Lichfield, sent in the following:
I’ve done some very simple arithmetic to highlight the enormity of Patrict McLouglin’s announcement of the HS2 cost increase.
Figures of ‘x billion’ pounds are rolled off the tongue quickly, casually and without meaning or emphasis.
Did you realise that there hasn’t even been a million days since the birth of Christ (2013 x 365 = 734745) in fact it’s less than 3/4 of a million. We won’t reach the million days mark for another 7 hundred years; it will actually occur in the year 2736 to be precise…. A billion is 1000 times longer.
To have the £10 billion cost increase in your bank account today you would have had to have earned £13,600 per day, every day, since the birth of Christ 2,013 years ago.
The flip side of that equation is; how long will it take for HS2 to pay for itself?
If the HS2 train makes, let’s say a generous £100,000 every day in ticket sales it would be 1 thousand 400 years * before those ticket sales amounted to the £50 billion it is actually likely to cost, and that’s without taking into account the running costs, wages, electricity bill etc for that 1400 year period. And all for the privileged few who can afford the cost of the ticket and who live close enough to the station to warrant its use.
(* 100,000 x 365 x 1400 = 51,100,000,000)
That’s not our children’s money they’re spending, it’s four hundred generations of children.