Young foe of HS2 cannot be railroaded by committee on Whovian timescale
Whilst it was right to hear from someone who might be alive when HS2 is operating, some arguments seemed familiar
Unless time turns out to be Whovian, it seems likely the select committee hearing evidence on the HS2 high-speed rail link must conclude at some point in the future. When, though, is another matter. The longer it goes on, the further away any conclusion seems to get. The committee first sat in April last year and will continue well into the next parliament. And, if current progress is maintained, the one after that. Forget the government’s promise of a completion date of 2026 for HS2’s first stage – it will be a miracle if work has even started by then.
Monday’s session nudged the start date back still further by getting under way 10 minutes late due to the non-appearance of several committee members. With just a hint of a smile, chairman Robert Syms explained their absence. “There have been some, ahem, holdups on the trains,” he said. “So maybe we should start without them.”
Source: Guardian Transport