The minister in charge of HS2 failed to rule out that the eastern leg will be scrapped.
The whole HS2 project has been and still is a Love and Hate project for many due to various opinions and various degrees of opinions.
Whether this is a good or bad project I will leave to others, but what I wish to look at is both the North/South divide and then the West/East divide.
Take the North/South there is a vast difference in investment both potential and actual over many years and while objections and supportive comments are always submitted on the the projects, it does feel that in more cases than not the South Projects seem to move forward and are completed, while this does not seem so for those in the North.
I can remember many years ago that with the Euro line there was to be a link to the North which for one reason or another did not take place. But the South, especially around London have had Cross Rail for one and many upgrades and new projects re the London underground.
As to the West/East there was the rail electrification where the West Coast was electrified but not the old Midlands line from St Pancras to Leeds was not, but investment was made to the Kings Cross to Newcastle.
So even in the East, the Middle misses out as it may well do so re HS2 and where is the mention of HS3.
Source: HS2 minister fails to rule out that eastern leg between Leeds and Birmingham will be scrapped | Yorkshire Post
In my 70 years of being in Yorkshire, especially Sheffield, rail development has always left us behind, but I believed that this would not be so with HS2. However, it seems that past experience is coming true again.
London appears to get anything it wishes for, but not the East of the Pennines.
No mention was made of Manchester so I assume that HS2 will be being extended up the West of the Pennines, so a double blow for the East.
So, much for the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, broken promises again, but not for London.
Source: Anger at proposals to scale back HS2 connection | TheBusinessDesk.com
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