Engineers should think outside the box
I know I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but to me the idea of the proposed HS2 rail line to run on rails fixed to the ground, taking up valuable land, is 19th-century thinking.
The modern transport engineers should be thinking of a 21st century solution. Surely, if we must have something high-speed, an idea would be to build a dual monorail over the top of either the existing rail network – with the odd deviation of course – or over the top of the existing motorway system, again with the odd deviation.
This would save the cost of the land and cutting of tunnels, as the Government already owns the land the railways and motorways sit on.
A monorail or similar is surely a more modern and future-thinking solution? I know this will need to be thought about but that's what we pay the engineers for, to think out of the box now and again.
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After saying the above, I also wonder how many people would want to travel on a regular basis from Leeds to London to cover the cost of any HS2.
Have they really done their sums, after all, we all know that whatever the estimated costs are now it will be double at least by the time it's constructed, so will it pay for itself ever?
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