Last week’s poll asked; ‘Should the UK build High Speed 2?’
The results are:
The project has received much criticism over the ‘lack of business case’ and large costs because of the current economic climate. Environmental and action groups are also running highly publicised protests and action against the project.
The proposed line would run from London to Birmingham before splitting into a ‘Y’ shape and heading to Manchester and Leeds. Further on in the project, the line could also run to Scotland. HS2 Ltd claim that journey times would be slashed and business in the North would benefit greatly from this direct rail link between London and Birmingham which is the second largest city outside of the capital.
If the plans for HS2 are approved by the Government, construction is likely to begin in 2017 and the first trains could run along the line in 2025.
The Government is currently running a public consultation where people can submit their views on the project.