A worthy report but I am "impacted" by NCE going "big" with a grammatical "fail". OK, I will get my coat...……..
As a southerner, I like the idea of improving the rail network generally and readdressing the north-south balance despite London's lines being over-crowded. I do fear that, if HS2 gets built, it will only run between Birmingham and London.
Yes I do accept that all new schemes will almost certainly suffer to some extent from environmental and cost problems.
Regarding the question of reinstating the Beeching cuts, do not forget that many but not all of the lines that did shut were more rural branch rather than main lines. It was those such as the Great Central, the line through Hawick, etc. that I think have proved to be bad decisions and not all of these were made by Beeching.
Why is everything "impacted" nowadays? Things used to be "affected". C'est la vie.
Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the dispute, and whilst not trying to play down the safety aspects of damaged bollards, I previously understood that damages and penalties arising from an alleged or real failure to meet contract clauses had to be reasonably justifiable and proportionate. £50M seems to go against this.
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This may all seem "fine and dandy" but, speaking as someone who was born in Kent and now lives in Surrey, do we not need to sort out the railways in the North of England first?