No to a tunnel on the high-speed rail link: we will not pay through the nose to appease rural sensitivities
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The Campaign To Protect Rural England – the body that fights valiantly against most worthwhile attempts to ease Britain’s housing crisis – has been complaining loudly about the proposed high speed rail link between London and Birmingham. Now the government is considering caving in to some of their demands.
Owing to the fact that the Chilterns is considered an “area of of natural” beauty, the new high-speed rail link may be routed through a tunnel instead of running overground. This will come at the cost of half a billion pounds.
And what a waste of half a billion. Britain, unfortunately, still has bucket loads of countryside. Railways, meanwhile are aesthetically pleasing. Don’t we have better things to spend public money on that appeasing a bunch of village whose idea of “natural beauty” entails Nothing Ever Changing.
More importantly a tunnel will almost certainly make a section of the route inaccessible to Wi-Fi or 3G. I am not prepared to end up foreiting games of online chess – losing precious ranking points – simply because some rural people are scared of railways.
Let’s build this thing overground. And if the people of the Chiltern’s insist on making trouble, let’s punish them by making the track as garish and noisy as possible.
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