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Published on May 20th, 2011 | by Lara Cronshaw
Image © HS2 is a proposed high-speed railway between London the Midlands, the North of England, and potentially at a later stage the central Scotland.  This is a controversial issue for those who live in picturesque rural areas between London and Birmingham initially, and rightly so. The government’s proposal to embed a 400kph train in the middle of our great British countryside highlights the divide in those who chose to live a city life, with those who opt for breath of fresh air in the country. In the first instance, it’s very easy to some people are up in arms about this speedy little number, however it is important to consider all sides of the debate before casting a decision. Scenario one: You live in a beautiful country village, your house prices will plummet, your countryside will be branded with a HS2 stamp that is not only stands to be disruptive to your everyday life during its construction, but further more will, as is currently proposed will cut through community sports fields and farming land. You will also have no access to this service. Scenario two: You are a commuter living and working in London, but your family lives in Birmingham, this new link allows you to live with them whilst also keeping your job. Additionally, With the train having 1110 seats it is possible that those who have been forcibly moved to London due to working circumstances, can move back out, potentially providing more spaces in the London housing market for those who do want to be there. In the governments own words this is a, ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the way we travel in Britain.’ Personally, I am on the side of those whose lives will be disrupted by these proposals and will gain no benefit, in fact instead incur loss from it.   If rail travel needs to be improved, look at what exists and improve it. You can get from London to Birmingham in less than 1hr24, isn’t that good enough? New proposal see a shaving of approximately 30 minutes from London to Birmingham, with an estimated cost of £17bn... I for one can certainly think of better ways to spend the money... or perhaps SAVE it!!! Check out this blog at the Uxbridge Gazette and the links on it.

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British rail meets European standards

HS2 is a proposed high-speed railway between London the Midlands, the North of England, and potentially at a later stage the central Scotland.  This is a controversial issue for those who live in picturesque rural areas between London and Birmingham initially, and rightly so. The government’s proposal to embed a 400kph train in the middle of our great British countryside highlights the divide in those who chose to live a city life, with those who opt for breath of fresh air in the country.

In the first instance, it’s very easy to some people are up in arms about this speedy little number, however it is important to consider all sides of the debate before casting a decision.

Scenario one: You live in a beautiful country village, your house prices will plummet, your countryside will be branded with a HS2 stamp that is not only stands to be disruptive to your everyday life during its construction, but further more will, as is currently proposed will cut through community sports fields and farming land. You will also have no access to this service.

Scenario two: You are a commuter living and working in London, but your family lives in Birmingham, this new link allows you to live with them whilst also keeping your job. Additionally, With the train having 1110 seats it is possible that those who have been forcibly moved to London due to working circumstances, can move back out, potentially providing more spaces in the London housing market for those who do want to be there.

In the governments own words this is a, ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the way we travel in Britain.’ Personally, I am on the side of those whose lives will be disrupted by these proposals and will gain no benefit, in fact instead incur loss from it.   If rail travel needs to be improved, look at what exists and improve it. You can get from London to Birmingham in less than 1hr24, isn’t that good enough?

New proposal see a shaving of approximately 30 minutes from London to Birmingham, with an estimated cost of £17bn… I for one can certainly think of better ways to spend the money… or perhaps SAVE it!!!

Check out this blog at the Uxbridge Gazette and the links on it.

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