The high-speed rail link proposed from Birmingham to London (HS2) is estimated to cost £18 billion. This is a substantial investment for a service which will benefit a small percentage of business commuters who have a need to go to central London, and can afford the premium fares.
HS2 will not have any significant benefit for freight transporters, or for a the wider population in the midlands and the south of England. Investment in the transport infrastructure is critical, however I believe that if £18 billion were to be spent on re-generating and expanding our waterways network, it would have far greater benefits for the transport network and for the economy - with the potential to develop a new industry and thousands of long-term jobs for future generations.
Do you agree with HS2? Do you believe more money should be directed into our waterways network?