30 April 2014
Whilst the HS2 bill cleared its second reading in parliament on Monday, opposition is still gaining momentum. Nor does it look like the Conservative party is united in its support of the scheme. I read that about 26 of their ministers voted against it and a number of them abstained from voting altogether. What does this mean? Is it a vote of no confidence that their opinions will be taken seriously? Hasn’t one minister even threatened to resign unless certain conditions are met?
Personally, I still think the public voice is one of huge concern about this project, and whilst I understand the benefits HS2 could bring, I don’t think they are worth the cost. It’s a huge amount of money that other areas, like our IT infrastructure, education and health systems are in desperate need of.
The issue of our country’s IT infrastructure is a particularly relevant one, as data published last week revealed the UK streets with the slowest broadband. It made for fairly eye-opening reading! Whilst the internet has been getting faster since the days of relying on modems, it can never get fast enough because of the existing infrastructure. In my opinion, the government hasn’t invested enough into developing it, especially when you consider how reliant our economy is on it.
If it were faster across the board and more accessible then there would be less need to travel for business and less need for an expensive new high speed rail development. I’d argue that we could achieve more by investing in our IT infrastructure. When it comes to increasing collaboration between UK businesses, I think it’s a greener, more cost (and time) effective solution than HS2. What do you think?