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Old 12-02-2020, 04:46   #31
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About half the population have a driving licence, and about 74% of those above 17 have a full licence.

Some interesting stats here - https://www.ethnicity-facts-figures....icences/latest
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Re: Review “strongly advises” not to can HS2

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I saw an interesting Twitter thread on the costs of HS2 this morning - https://twitter.com/RAIL/status/1222812020896141314

That is some crazy procurement process!

HS2 will run close to where I live and it's about as popular as a cup of cold sick around here
Yes, I've seen that too. It's added Ł20bn to the cost unnecessarily. To its credit, The Spectator got the author to write it up for them as well. I note BoJo criticised HS2 for the cost over-runs rather than the civil service procurement.

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The East-West Rail scheme is completely new. It highlights there isn't much connection between those areas at the moment. To travel from Oxford to Cambridge by train you would probably have to go via London. Other routes involving Coventry might be possible.

The HS2 system is about longer journeys. In the London area there is a huge demand for local commuter travel. That needs addressing. It's not spending just for the sake of spending. The demand is undeniably there.
East-West scheme is 90% reinstating a line that was closed in the 1960s, although the Bedford to Cambridge section may contain new sections. Oxford to Bicester has already been resinstated. https://eastwestrail.co.uk/the-project

The HS2 announcements yesterday all seemed logical. Euston seems an issue so a good idea to look at it separately. Connecting HS2 it into Northern Powerhouse Raul/HS3 is needed.

I expect the bit about bringing forward the Birmingham to Crewe section is essentially political to show people in the new Conservative seats that something is actually happening.
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Isn’t that the A1?
Nope, definitely not.
The A1 may end up near the east coast north of Darlington, but not in the south or midlands.

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No complaints here, even though i'll rarely use the A1.
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Nope, definitely not.
The A1 may end up near the east coast north of Darlington, but not in the south or midlands.


No complaints here, even though i'll rarely use the A1.
It's no where near cleethorpes 62 miles away if memory serves.
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Re: [Updated] HS2 gets the green light

Totalitarian government says it could build HS2 in a fraction of the time and cost ...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51512831

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Totalitarian government says it could build HS2 in a fraction of the time and cost ...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-51512831

I think it's a great idea.

They could build everything out there using top quality materials, then ship it to us in kit form via Amazon.

Only snag might be if they don't answer the emails asking why the parts don't fit together
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Re: [Updated] HS2 gets the green light

The bigger problem would be when they discover they can’t deal with an eco-protest camp by just opening fire.
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The bigger problem would be when they discover they can’t deal with an eco-protest camp by just opening fire.
We could put it to a vote then shoot them
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