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Planes, on the other hand, only ever stop where the passengers have travelled to in large numbers.
But HS2 doesn't link Manchester to Leeds, which would be useful.
Just imagine buying a strip of land 12000 miles long...
Quote from: Bored chemist on 10/02/2020 19:45:17Just imagine buying a strip of land 12000 miles long...At £1,000,000,000 per mile, so far...… For a mile of railway you could buy two good runways and a lot of airliners
you will only save 10 minutes by travelling at 120 mph
The point of HS2 is not actually to get people from London to Birmingham half an hour quicker. That would be silly.
Concorde was technically brilliant but was wiped out by the 747.
an awful lot of taxpayers want to go to the next village or commute a dozen miles to work.
If you have a new "fast" line then you can run the inter city traffic on it, and leave the other line for improved local services.And that will allow them to run other local services more efficiently.
There is at present no commitment to take the line beyond Birmingham. The cost estimate doubles every 3 years and the bit that everyone actually needs and wants, linking Liverpool/Manchester with Leeds and Newcastle, is not part of any proposal. I guess this is the reason for the deliberate failings of Northern Rail: eventually, it will be so awful that people will travel from coast to coast via London and Birmingham!Still, if anyone will pay me £170k to dump a sleeper in the countryside, or at least to "consult" about doing so, I wouldn't refuse.
The rolling stock guage could be updated to european
Not the track gauge, but height and width clearances.
Quote from: alancalverd on 13/02/2020 21:55:03Concorde was technically brilliant but was wiped out by the 747.Concorde was wiped out by US insistence on it not doing the only thing it was good at- flying faster than sound.
Quote from: alancalverd on Today at 11:42:53Not the track gauge, but height and width clearances.That's not what Petrochemicals actually said.
Quote from: Bored chemist on 13/02/2020 22:11:01Quote from: alancalverd on 13/02/2020 21:55:03Concorde was technically brilliant but was wiped out by the 747.Concorde was wiped out by US insistence on it not doing the only thing it was good at- flying faster than sound.Not true. The once-profitable NYLON route always flew supersonic, as did Paris - Rio, over the Atlantic. True, there was no internal US or Australian market and it never acquired the range for Pacific routes, but QANTAS dropped their options as soon as the 747 flew.