From our Swindon Correspondent:
From The BBC
Chesham and Amersham MP Dame Cheryl Gillan, one of HS2’s most vehement critics, questioned whether the cost could be justified when “you have not established that the future use of public transport will be at a level that will make this railway viable in any way, shape or form?”
In response, Ms Kelly said the business case had been closely examined before Boris Johnson finally gave the go-ahead a year ago.
“HS2 is not a project about the next five or 10 years,” she said. “It is a project that we expect to be still delivering for passengers in 100 years and 150 years. The conscious decision was taken to continue because it is a very long-term project and it is long-term investment in future infrastructure and future economic activity. That is the driving factor.”
When you look at any past visions of the future, they’re invariably wrong and often miss quite big, but unsexy changes. Like most 1950s visions of the future still assumed women would be housewives. Blade Runner assumed a 2019 future of artificial people and flying cars, but completely missed digital photography and smartphones. And some are even shorter than 30-odd years, like Concorde being developed as communication technology advanced, making it redundant almost as soon as it was launched.