Dear Editor, Iconic projects such as the new library, the retail therapy at New Street Station and now the HS2 proposals, are socially undesirable, resource-wasting and environmentally damaging.
Is the average rail traveller keen to have a journey which is 30 minutes quicker, when the HS2 proposals mean disrupting the lives of many along the route for a decade and destroying fertile land at a time when food security is of growing concern?
Would not the money be better spent bringing other services up to the standard of the clean, reliable, but slightly slower, Chiltern service and widening the lines from New Street to the North?
And why a third runway when the aviation industry is in decline?
On September 11 in the face of ‘‘a sharp aviation downturn’’ the Scottish Government re-examined the case for directly supporting the industry and there will be a European consultation later this year aimed at removing legal barriers which prevent direct support to airlines.
The environmental impact of all three projects will scupper the city’s often–quoted emissions targets. Time for some down-to-earth joined-up thinking.
B Panvel, Solihull