La nuova linea ferroviaria HS2, ancora in fase di progettazione e approvazione, dovrebbe diminuire il tempo di percorrenza Londra/ Birmingham di 20 minuti circa. Considerando che probabilmente costerá 47 milioni di sterline per ogni chilometro e che al momento é giá costata ai contribuenti un bilione di sterline il dibattito sulla sua utilitá rimane molto acceso
The world’s most expensive trainline in history, HS2, is racking up vast costs before it has even gained official consent from Parliament.The taxpayer-funded train line, the first phase of which will cut journey times between London and Birmingham by 20 minutes, is already on course to have cost £1bn within the next few months, according to reports in the Financial Times.HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby is the UK’s highest-paid civil servant, with an annual salary of £750,000. The company he heads now has over 900 employees, and is on a recruiting drive. Meanwhile, costs are not being kept any lower for taxpayers by the fact the HS2 headquarters are based among the gleaming spires of Canary Wharf.When construction begins, expected in 2017, the 2011 forecasts for the cost stood at £47m per kilometre of track.