Between the Lines

10 years after the initial in principle decision to build High Speed 2, the current government has confirmed that the project will go ahead.

This has been a long and tortuous saga, during which time China has planned and built thousands of miles of high-speed railway. In contrast, we have spent a lot of money and created a number of building sites! China is of course a very different country; in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak, it constructed two large hospitals in Wuhan in 10 days, although probably riding roughshod over some of its citizens in the process – there must be a happy mid-point.

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