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    HS2

    Is it time to hold a public enquiry into what has gone on with HS2.

    The costs have spiralled uncontrollably, even as the overall scale of the project has been cut back and back.

    Looking at other countries with high speed rail projects, the cost per km in the UK is a massive massive outlier.


    For simple rural flat terrain it typically costs 11-20 M per km to construct

    More urban terrain or needing a lot of interactions with existing infrastructure costs typically 43-61 M/km

    And very complex landscape requiring a high percentage of the route to be in tunnels and viaducts can cost typically 72 - 93 M/KM.

    This is looking at a range of countries in Europe, North America and Asia.

    What is HS2 costing us?

    Th latest estimates put it at over 400 M/km - how can it be so expensive here? like 10x more expensive than building it in France?

    My first thought was that maybe the price of purchasing the land was very high in the route it has to take, but apparently not - the land purchases only account for a very small percentage of the total budget.

    Where on earth has all the money gone?

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    Re: HS2

    In short, yes!

  3. #3

    Re: HS2

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesWales View Post
    In short, yes!
    Yes what?

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    Re: HS2

    Ya that’s the spirit, let’s have a big meeting, wasting millions of pounds on how someone/ something else lost millions of pounds !!!

    Typical of this country

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    Re: HS2

    Quote Originally Posted by BLUETIT View Post
    Ya that’s the spirit, let’s have a big meeting, wasting millions of pounds on how someone/ something else lost millions of pounds !!!

    Typical of this country
    the money has gone somewhere on a ridiculous scale, if you were getting your roof done, and for.some reason your roof was costing 10x the amount of your neighbours houses you'd probably be asking some questions

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    Re: HS2

    If you want to crash the economy, this is how you would do it!

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