Dicky Beach, Queensland, Austr
Comment on: Key Northern figures warn against scrapping HS2
Absolute rubbish. The scrapping of HS2 would release £100 billion to spend on meaningful, sensible and value for money projects with positive BCRs in many parts of the country.
Surprise surprise. Once again kicked into the long grass by deliberately coming up with a scheme which is quite simply too extravagant. No doubt the Greenies will be dancing around their totem pole but do they really think it's better to have a thoroughly congested and polluted A303 within 300m of the stones instead of a new road much further away in a cutting at a fraction of the cost of the tunnel? This whole fiasco since 2001 ( can it really be 18 years since I was involved in the first attempt to get a bypass built?) when a shorter tunnel was given the go ahead after a Public Inquiry is another example of government incompetence and duplicity. They have never wanted to build anything on that section but I've never fathomed the motive. Can anyone explain?
I had always assumed that there would be a station at the airport since, once again, I assumed that the government and TfL wanted folk to use public transport and cut congestion so am amazed that it wasn't included. Once again, an example of staggering incompetence by TfL not to include a station in their doomed project.
But don't worry, it's only an extra £1.5 billion (for ONE station???) and the taxpayer will cough up. After all, it's government's money, not yours........??
£30 million just for a redesign. TfL's consultants really are on the gravy train. And to think that TfL say they don't have the money to pay for the strengthening of Hammersmith Bridge.. And they wonder why we have no confidence or trust in them. You can't believe anything they say. If the redesign of Bank is £30 million that makes the extra construction cost at least £300 million. Only another 50% bringing the total to "about" a billion !! What's going on at TfL? Don't they have any grownups running the show?
Comment on: Monorail plans drawn up by London borough
I seem to remember that the Merry Hill monorail was dismantled in the 90s because HMRI decided it was too dangerous to evacuate in the event of a fire or other emergency onboard. The fire brigade said that every part has to be accessible from below. Quite right too. It was reconstructed on the Gold Coast in Queensland and also recently demolished for the same reason. The Sydney monorail has also been dismantled for the same reason.
May I suggest that Havering council establishes if it would be allowed to operate with passengers before spending too much on the engineering and commercial viability. Although it looks like they've spent a fair bit on glossy graphics to get everyone excited. Please don't waste council taxpayers money but spending yourself up a blind alley.