HS2: Should it be derailed?
By Imogen Berryman
What's Going On Here?
Boris Johnson has called a meeting this week to decide whether the ongoing and controversial ‘HS2’ high speed rail project connecting London to Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds should go ahead or be scrapped. There is some serious opposition, but what’s it all about?
What Does This Mean?
The first phase was on track (sorry…) to operate by 2026 but it is now looking like we won’t see any HS2 trains until 2028-2031. The project is set to cost £106 billion, yet opposition isn’t just based on the substantial financials!
So what are the environmental costs?
Some argue HS2 could actually increase emissions because more people might drive to the parkway stations and better city to city connections could increase international flights.
Why Should We Care?
Trains are better than road and air travel though, right?
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