(Original post by stanlas)
This petition calls upon the government to:
1) Re-examine its commitment to the 'High Speed 2' railway project, following claims that the benefits have been overstated
2) Provide an extra £200 million over the next ten years for the creation of the 'Strategic Freight Network' project
3) Provide £560 million for the Manchester Hub project
4) Provide £500 million for the electrification of the East Midlands line
Why re-examine High Speed 2?
Although the RL government has claimed that the £33 billion project could bring benefits of up to £47 billion, this has come under fierce criticism. It is clear that more reaserch is needed before embarking on such an expensive project, in case it turns out to be a white elephant.
What is the Strategic Freight Network?
It is quite simply a plan to increase the efficiency of freight transport in the UK: see here
. Some £200 million has already been allocated at the time of writting, but it is thought that more money will be needed to make it effective
According to this
, the £560 million project could bring 30,000 jobs in the North, economic benefits of £4.2 billion and increase capacity by 3.5 million per year. It is also important to note that transport spending in the North is currently significantly lower than around London
East Midlands line
for more detail on this project. According to reasarch, the comparative fuel cost per mile is 47p for diesel compared with 26p for electric, while track wear and tear per mile is 9.8p for diesel and 8.5p for electric.