Dear Editor, Jerry Blackett (Birmingham Post, December 9) is on weak ground in advocating the high speed rail link.
Because of economic neccessity most people are not going to benefit from this. The line will not be open to every rail user, as has been the case for previous lines, but only to the privileged travelling between towns. The idea that the line will be turned over to freight is however ludicrous.
I live in Stafford, which is apparently going to be untouched by the line. So how do we access inter city trains?
in the same edition, Coventry city council agreed unanimously to oppose the line. Indeed, anyone not on the line would be disadvantaged.
So the opposition will not be confined to those who are directly in its path. There are no benefits for the ordinary rail user. Only someone with a weak case would suggest that all those who oppose this are luddites against progress.
Dear Editor, Jerry Blackett and his ilk just do not ‘get’ the speed of change that is occurring in information and communication technology.
Yes, we need high-speed links but of the sort that are available now : fibre optic cables to every Birmingham business and home address.
HS2 is a white elephant, doomed to be obsolete by the time millions have been wasted on planning and building it.
Let’s spend a lot less money now for a far greater benefit.