By the time HS2 is completed I expect that the need for expenses-paid same-day or 2-day trips for conferences etc will no longer be required. There is no other way to pay the likely fares except on expenses. An excellent nationalised and nationally funded hyper-BB network would ensure the need to travel is reduced further. By 2030 work from home, except for manufacture and other hands-on-services, will be the norm. Rail journeys will be taken up increasingly for leisure and freight. I suggest that any money spent on rail should be to reverse many of the Beeching cuts thus enabling rural areas and small towns to have access to the rail network without having to depend on cars, non-existent bus services and road freight.
Yes, both HS2 and hyper-BB require heavy engineering work, but once the cable is laid it ends up underground just like the gas network.
I have signed the petition. Placed on FB.
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Edited by roughbeast (Wed 21-Aug-13 21:53:13)