‘Everybody in the north is getting a bargain-basement solution’ says South Yorkshire mayor Dan Jarvis
Once again the North is getting less than promised and the East even more so than the West.
For the West is getting the full HS2 while the East is getting none and the Midlands is also getting everything. But neither the West or the East are getting HS3.
If this was London and the South both would have been proceeded with, for the South get while the North does not.
This is no where ‘levelling up’, the North have been the poor relations of the South for far too long and the West has always been better treated that the East. This is expressly so for the Old Midland line from Leeds through Sheffield down to London. For under British Rail it was always subjected to Third Hand rolling stock, no Electrification and much more while the West received. Only with the arrival of EMR was there new rolling stock, station improvements and others, etc
Network Rail the public arm of the railways are still not as ‘fit for purpose’ as they should be, which HS2 would have solved, but will the watered down version be.
From past experience I doubt it.