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High-speed rail line is given the green light (UKs HS2)
Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:00AM GMT 07 Jan 2011 | James Kirkup, Deputy Political Editor

Posted on 01/06/2012 9:45:42 PM PST by Olog-hai

The £32-billion high-speed rail line from London to Birmingham has been given final approval and will go ahead as proposed, ministers will announce next week.

Justine Greening, the Transport Secretary, will disclose that the Coalition has rejected calls to abandon or alter its plans for the project, which will see trains travelling at 250mph through the Chilterns.

The decision will be welcomed by business leaders but will dismay critics — including some senior Conservatives — who fear the new line will spoil some of the most beautiful parts of rural England.

Construction of the 100 mile-long line to Birmingham will begin in 2016 and take a decade to complete at a cost of £17 billion. Extensions to Manchester and Yorkshire could then follow, costing at least another £15 billion. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: boondoggle; highspeedrail; overspending
For the record, the per-unit cost is going to be a whopping $262 million per mile in US dollars. That makes California HSR look tame by comparison.
1 posted on 01/06/2012 9:45:52 PM PST by Olog-hai
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2 posted on 01/06/2012 10:34:53 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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I want to know what is it that ties enormous fiscal debt to highspeed rail in every country? Similarly when any of the media speak about the budget they say Police fire and teachers, how do teachers fit in esential life saving services? Sounds like thier spewing out loud like when they stuff junk in bills that have nothing to do with the bill


3 posted on 01/07/2012 4:11:43 AM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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