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The official Crossrail statement, which doesn't explain the scale of the delay. And the timing does looks suspicious. TfL and DfT are claiming not to have known until a day before the public statement. (It's rather hard to decide if that's supposed to make them look more or less competent.)

And the Chair of Crossrail has recently been appointed as chair of... HS2.

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Far as I’m concerned HS2 is a total waste of money just to cut a few hours of travel ,if all that cash was spent on the roads and railways it would be better spent 

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I'll have to read it later, I've got a HS2 report deadline for the end of the week! Yikes

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How about a monorail it must surly be cheaper to build and not waste so much land ,,few posts and a track bit like building a scalextric only bigger 

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if all that cash was spent on the roads and railways it would be better spent

Yes,

The East Coast mainline needs expanding to four lines at Welwyn (tricky with the viaduct and tunnel) and there are a couple of other bottlenecks.

Links between east and west across the Pennines.

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I think this horse has bolted. 

Whatever we think of the importance, necessity or value of the project, will abandoning at this stage make financial sense? 

Stephen

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Shapps got that broadly right today:

"Just because you spent a lot of money on something, should not mean that you just carry on ploughing more and more money into it"

Jonathan

PS: I'm strongly in favour of lots of high speed rail in the UK. But it won't deliver the available benefits without an integrated transport policy.

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Think it’s a tottal waste of money cash could be better spent 

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