2 thoughts on “High Speed 2: Tarzanomics vs. Economics”

  1. Posted 18/11/2013 at 16:30 | Permalink

    HS2 is based on 50 year old Japanese designs. Instead we should be thinking 21st century to solve our network capacity problems.
    If train braking systems are updated using Magtrac braking then far more trains could travel safely on our existing lines. This relatively cheap and potentially world beating solution was invented here in the UK. For details visit http://www.cheshire-innovation.com/Transport%20internet.htm

  2. Posted 19/11/2013 at 23:22 | Permalink

    Lord ‘Hassletine’ is completely up his own backside on this subject. In fact any politician who thinks the current HS2 plan is the right thing to do is so sadly misinformed and completely misled by all the big sales bullshit of the companies that are in with the big contracts ££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££’s.

    If we REALLY want to set an example and show the EU and the rest of the world what British engineering can do, then we should think outside of the current blinkered vision that we’re being presented with the totally outdated HS2 plan.

    If we’re going to spend such a vast sum of money on this kind of infrastructure project, then let’s get a PROPERLY MANAGED one (steered by people that actually know about engineering technology rather than ‘brown paper envelopes’) and one that actively develops brand new ground breaking transport systems and technologies that other countries will look to purchase from us!

    We already have the ‘in-house’ knowledge to do such a thing, without the need to buy in from Japan, Germany etc. (sadly HS2 is mostly based on foreign technology) we just need someone that’s holding the government cheque book to realise this!

    Just look at the Pendolino trains that Virgin have recently purchased from Italy, this is based on a British pioneering concept, design and development of the APT back in the late 70’s, sadly development was completely axed when Thatcher privatised the rail network. Typical…. ‘if it’s not for short term gain then trash it’ attitude… that has placed this country in such a vulnerable weak economic position.

    So why can’t we do this development again but in a whole new light?

    How about proper investment in a future system of transportation of the masses based on ideas such as Maglev. But rather than huge long trains, why not employ this on a smaller scale system, ie many short powered carriages, each running independently on 5-10 minute intervals, as soon as a carriage is full it leaves,… next one fills and goes etc.Lightweight, quiet, fast, frequent and economical/clean to run.

    HS2 = Hundreds of tones of steel, hauled along rails by a crude push-pull system should be deemed as outdated, inefficient and a total waste of tax payers money.

    If this or future government has any form of vision (and common sense) then they’d spend some immediate money in modernising the existing dilapidated rail infrastructure (most still running on diesel!) and invest some real money in getting one step ahead of the competition, then for once we would actually have something PHYSICALLY REAL to sell to the world and to be proud of!

    Come on people, see the light. Please. x

    p.s. Is there any common sense resident in the ‘House of Commons’ ?

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