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Why is London still being paved with gold?


Adding up the rail investment, as per your article 'City rail needs £8bn more' (NCE, 25 May) I felt concerned at the rest of the country being marginalised.

We are reminded on the national news every day of problems with infrastructure in the South East (water, roads, housing, rail. . . ), but it seems more money is being ploughed into the area than ever. Why?

Why is the government not spending more on actively encouraging people to move out of the South East?

The sum of the investment needed for rail alone is almost £22bn, according to the article. Ask yourself what is the opportunity cost? Could we get a high-speed rail link up to Manchester via the Midlands?

Could we widen the M1 and M6?

Could we subsidise regeneration in other cities, or subsidise rents, to encourage businesses to move north? In Birmingham we can not even get enough money to put another rail line through New Street station.

While I am jealous of this level of money being spent on London alone, I am more concerned at the national strategy of encouraging more people to base themselves in the South East. Has the government thought it through enough?

I do not think we are going down the right track.

Richard Annett, rannett@constructionplus. net

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