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Sep 20, 2018 at 7:35 PM | Mark Hodgson

I don't.

HS2 seems to be a solution to a problem nobody knew about.

Nobody between London and Birmingham wants it. Nobody in London or Birmingham will have to witness it. It would be a boon for the construction during a recession, that everybody will pay for, for decades to come.

Was it envisaged that the EU would contribute?

Sep 20, 2018 at 8:25 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

John Vidal’s environmentally friendly transport arrangements

Couple of good comments:

The things they hate, the things they see as so wrong, are the very things that make today the best time to have lived, ever. There was never a paradise in the past, there is no unspoiled world to return to. Basically this whole attitude is anthropophobic and prosophobic and ought to be called out as such whenever it appears.

Met someone a while back that went back in his semi retirement to do his masters on environmental energy stuff, used to love upsetting the greens by pointing out the carbon footprint for locally grown tomato’s at a farmers market was much higher than the commercial grown bulk shipped ones in the supermarket and he had the numbers to prove it. He always said that bulk shipping etc made such a difference to per unit carbon that all the local environmental stuff was crazy and that was before factoring in greenhouses to grow crops that weren’t naturally occurring.

Sep 20, 2018 at 7:41 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@Ross Lea

+1 on scrapping HS2 vanity project. As we're leaving EU we no longer have an obligation to build it.

On electrification - how does it improve rail transport? Isn't it same as EVs - moving emissions to power stations?

@Mark Hodgson, Sep 20, 2018 at 7:35 PM

I don't

Sep 20, 2018 at 7:37 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

Ross Lea, does anyone know anyone who is in favour of HS2 - other than politicians,of course?

Sep 20, 2018 at 7:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

Uibhist a Tuath,
The whole rail network should be electrified for maximum efficiency and powered by small scale nuclear energy. HS2 should be scraped as it is just an ego project totally unjustified economically. The money should be diverted to electrifying the rest of the network and building more lines and stations. Why can not they see it, it is not rocket science !

Sep 20, 2018 at 7:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoss Lea

Remember the news was whittering about excess heat deaths due to the months of heat wave - check out the tiny, tiny spike in amongst the weeks of much lower than normal deaths this summer.

Figure 3 page 2

Sep 20, 2018 at 6:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Hybrid trains would have limited applications, combined with energy harvesting braking then and routes with a lot of stopping and starting or slow G and accelerating then perhaps there could be some benefit. However as I understand it this is a refurbishment so I'm not sure that there will be any saving. Although passengers on the platform will benefit from the reduction in fumes.

Sep 20, 2018 at 6:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterUibhist a Tuath

Sep 20, 2018 at 5:22 PM tomo

Is there any evidence of US, UK and EU Politicians having a few too many happy meals with far too many free drinks?

Sep 20, 2018 at 5:47 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

All the money and hype yet nothing has ever actually changed:

Sep 20, 2018 at 5:38 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

'Rolls Royce signs hybrid train deal to conduct trials to convert diesel trains to hydro-electric from 2020" (Its German division)'

Hydro-electric? Isn't the dam and the water going to be quite heavy to cart around?

Sep 20, 2018 at 5:23 PM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

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