HS2 – The Alternative

Britain has always been portrayed as a North South divide, however it isn’t quite so easy to describe the country in such simplistic terms.

Economically the corridor of wealth begins at Dover and Folkestone. It sweeps up through the South East encapsulating London then on into the Midland cities before going further north. Here it catches Manchester, Liverpool and The Wirral next taking in most of Lancashire before sweeping across Derbyshire into Yorkshire, making these all areas of increasing wealth.

The Northeast is also seeing prosperity with industry burgeoning in the central belt between the Forth and Clyde estuaries where wealth is increasing.  However, in many parts of Britain outside these corridors wealth and jobs are not spreading out.

I recently visited Torquay travelling by train from Portsmouth. To say that from Salisbury to Exeter I was surprised to find there is a fairly large amount of single track line, is an understatement. There is a definite lack of investment, the fact that pampas grasses grow where tracks once carried trains says it all.

I then started thinking about journeys I have made to the West Country by road. Once you have left Southampton and cleared the New Forest, the roads start to deteriorate into single lane with the odd bit of dual carriageway is this the norm?

In high summer (and even out of season) the delights of Honiton can make it a struggle to get through this little town. I am quite certain that many people have similar stories of road/rail links that are either falling apart or suffering from lack of investment in other parts of the country.  So what? this government has decided it will spend 80 billion pounds on ONE railway line, and this in a country where people cannot be paid a living wage! Is this social justice??

Britain or even England is not just about London, Manchester, Birmingham and the rest. There is more to this country than this corridor of wealth and power. This wealth needs to be spread around the country for the benefit of all. In doing so it would provide jobs, get people back to work, put money in their pockets beside providing the benefits of a good infrastructure. So what do the real people of Britain want?  an 80 billion railway line or better roads and railways the up-grading of which would create the jobs, which in turn would provide a proper wage bringing a better standard of living? you wont get it under this government, as an article written by Tina Crowson on the 22nd August 2013 in the Torquay Herold Express clearly states. Road widening to make things safer between two towns is not even considered…

I ask again is this social justice?

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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2 Responses to HS2 – The Alternative

  1. Pingback: HS2 – The Alternative | Michael Douglas Bosc

  2. thelyniezian says:

    Quite agreed. HS2 only benefits a small number directly, when what is needed is more widespread investment.

    But perhaps a little “de-Beechingisation” wouldn’t come amiss. the last thing I think we need is more *roads*. If you get what I mean.

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