Back to all topics

NHS or HS2?
November 16, 2016

Joined: May 5, 2014
Posts: 558
NHS or HS2?

November 16, 2016

Tom, Agree wholeheartedly about where the funds for HS2 should go - business people are saying the shorter journey times will save millions, but can't see it myself. Still on the HS2 theme, last night on the TV they were showing where the new proposed route would go - right through a brand new housing estate where people only moved in very recently - if the proposals are accepted, those dwellings will now be demolished ! To add insult to injury, the builders were STILL advertising homes on the estate for sale under the "Help To Buy " scheme - sometimes I absolutely despair. You couldn't make up stories like this - "planners" ? I sh*t 'em. John (JKW)

November 16, 2016

Joined: May 12, 2014
Posts: 685
NHS or HS2?

November 16, 2016

HS2 is supposedly about helping the creation of the "Northern Powerhouse" an attempt to decentralise the concentration of trade and the economy fromLondon and the SE and bolster the northern cities and towns. It is supposed to create thousands of jobs, boost the economy, empower the northern cities et al, the shortened commuting time is reckoned to play a major part in all of this. Do I believe it? Not one iota! Do I find it evenly remotely credible? Absolutely not! Is it value for money? No! Could the money be better spent? Absolutely. I watched a TV report today about a road in Japan that opened up as a chasm, 30 metres across and 15 metres deep. The mayor apologised profusely that it took 7 days to repair and return to its former state. 7 days!!!! It takes us that long to reopen a road after a major traffic accident! HS2 is supposed to take 17 years to complete I read somewhere and will cost tens of £billions to construct. Japan would probably take as many months to complete such a task and do it for a quarter of the price. But for all that Tom and John are correct, this money is desperately needed elsewhere to bolster our failing NHS et al. My daughter died of pancreatic cancer,  a disease for which we have made no progress in over 30 years, a disease where we are on a par with eastern bloc countries rather than places like Germany, France or Italy. The NHS is closer to collapse than any minister is  prepared to admit. To waste  such huge sums of money on nefarious projects with at best doubtful positive outcomes, is a shameful indictment on our government, especially when people are dying for want of better healthcare.  

November 17, 2016

Joined: May 8, 2014
Posts: 1205
NHS or HS2?

November 17, 2016

The way the railway is run,this new system won't happen in my lifetime , if you want to get from north to south vicky verky try Ryanair or Easy jet( and it most proberly cost half as much ) to the new run way at Heathrow ????

November 17, 2016

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 977
NHS or HS2?

November 17, 2016

JKW.. re the brand new homes, who will repay the evicted  owners who had no choice to say " no to these HS trains"? COS THEY WILL NOT GET ANY COMPENSATION FROM ANYWHERE, so where will they live if the HS2 goes fully ahead??? No doubt the brain dead leaders we have in control (???) will not provide any cash to any of those evicted, and all for 30 minutes saved, at best. I can smell the ess aitch one tee these loons have created  in our capital city from my home in Chester, many many miles to the northwest. If any of us had suggested the scheme we would have been certified "insane" and cast into the Tower!!!!! For ever!!!!!! May the Lord save us from these loons......Anyone fancy an all out  derailment of their loonie ideas????? (Being a bit cheeky there, I think... HO HO HO!!!!!!!)

November 17, 2016

Joined: May 12, 2014
Posts: 685
NHS or HS2?

November 17, 2016

Tom, the people affected must, by law, be offered the market price for their properties and be compensated for any reasonable costs incurred as a result of being forced to move. People who refuse to accept the offers made become subject to a Compulsory Purchse Order (CPO) and can be forced to vacate under the same terms I have outlined. Under CPO legislation anyone forced to move must be put back into a financial situation that leaves them no worse off than they were before the CPO. Appeals can be made against CPOs to the High Court at no cost to the appellant. Such appeals almost always fail!!! Of course no account is taken of people's feelings. Whether they actually WANT to move, the emotional upheaval et al. It will cost tens of £millions, if not hundreds of £millions to relocate people and compensate them.  

November 17, 2016

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 977
NHS or HS2?

November 17, 2016

I hang my head and stand corrected David, but in an interview up here on TV earlier in this situation,  speakers claimed that refusal to move or accept the offer would render the offer of compensation not payable, so the leaders in London must have changed the wording. I hang my head ready for the big axe.... OUCH!!!!

November 17, 2016

Joined: May 12, 2014
Posts: 685
NHS or HS2?

November 17, 2016

Tom, no need to hang your head at all, the trouble is so much tripe is reported nowadays, many reporters fail to check legislation before they make statements and there seems to be a dearth of fact checking and unbiased media reporting.Of course none of that detracts from the undeniable fact that huge swathes of countryside and urban areas will be flattened at simply vast costs to the treasury. HS2 might be a viable idea if we had the Japanese technology and work ethos, as it is it will simply consume humongous sums of money, it will inevitably cost £hundreds of millions more than budgeted for and will achieve only a fraction of the promised benefits.


1

Total members: 261
Total posts: 4159