The consultation on the UK’s second high speed rail project has now concluded and, give or take a change in the colour of the wheel nuts, the scheme will shortly be approved as it is. This is not because it is the right scheme or that the options are all correctly identified and appraised; it is because those involved have invested a hugh amount of effort in the project as it stands and they will be unwilling to change it to any significant extent. In the attached paper, I detail my objections to the project which are not based on any parochial consideration rather – if we are going to build it then we must get the best possible return from it. In my view, the current proposals do not give this outcome and there needs to be a series of adjustments in order to get a viable outcome.
‘The Cameron Line’ as it will be known must provide the best possible outcome; unfortunately the current proposals do not.