Public investment: jobs created, facilities improved, recession tackled- surely it’s no bad thing. It’s the antidote to austerity we’ve all pleaded for. As Keynes once said, “the government should pay people to dig holes in the ground and then fill them up”. So, whether its high speed rail or hole digging, public investment in any shape or form is the best way to get us out of this mess – surely? Coming from Leeds, that was my opinion of HS2 – initially.
The second phase of High Speed Two, expected to be constructed by 2033, will branch out to northern cities such as Manchester and Sheffield – and yes, Leeds. This will of course benefit long-distance commuters; people in professional, middle class jobs who’ll find the length of their journey times cut.