Walking the route, capacity and the Independent
Last Friday, Joe Rukin set off from Curzon Street to walk the north-east route of HS2. We’d kept the plans a bit quiet, in case he got to Day Three and decided he’d done enough. However, if you’ve subscribed to our mailing list, you will have read that he is now past Toton station, and in fact is across the River Trent.
Joe is keeping a video diary of his journey, and uploaded Day Four to our Youtube channel earlier:
In it he talks about capacity, which is once again the current argument for HS2. Whilst Joe talks about why building HS2 will not do much for releasing capacity, the Department for Transport has today announced the franchise winner for the West Coast Main Line, and also announced that there will be another 263 services a week from December 2022. This just proves a decade of arguments from HS2 are essentially hollow.
The other news is that Joe wrote an article for the Independent, which was published on Monday in their Independent Voices section: I have spent a decade fighting HS2, and the arguments to support it keep getting worse.
PS You can keep up with Joe’s progress on Twitter, and also see longer videos on Youtube and facebook.