High Speed 2 should never happen.
Today I ran a long loop from Brereton (Staffordshire) that used the B-5014 heading north to Abbots Bromley. The area is rollingly hilly as if the foot hills of the Peak District. Hill sides are green and forest densities of trees line roads and patches of the country side. Interesting and varied butterfly flit from the road side across your path. Interesting varieties of cows fills some fields. On a sunny day like today it was a beautiful place to run.
A question that always comes to mind when far from towns or particularly cities and obvious industry is what do people do for toil? Today it was answered because having driven or motor cycles that way many times I'd never had time to look about me and see how rich a variety of businesses are scattered through the linked villages providing all the things needed and at least suggesting an answer to what work do people do.
This is also a region set for destruction making way for HS2. I've never read a convincing argument for the need for HS2, indeed I've read economic assessments that project it being harmful more than beneficial. But either way the economic arguments are purely the money driven claims and counter claims of remote people with vested financial interests. I've never read economic arguments from anyone who is in a region like this pocket of Staffordshire.
Never have I read any rational presentation that accounts for the human cost of communities that will be carved through. People who don't appear on a balance sheet of economic reasoning and people I conclude don't matter to the policy makers who like grand statements of schemes that make them look like they are acting for the nation.
Having run several miles of my sixteen miles loop and been digesting a grasp of the features of this region it hit me even harder when I saw one poster pinned up bearing a skull image and saying "HS2 kills communities". It resonated and leaves me ever more convinced that it's a bad piece of grandiose political stupidity, ignorant of the communities in its path and only in the interests of parties already with great financial interests who have the ear of Government.
It leaves me wondering as an alternative how many other places could benefit from all those billions of pounds being spent on small well thought out extension and changes to existing rail. Are there towns crying out to have their line reinstated and linked to the main lines? Spend the money to build better communities. The kind of benefit opening Rugeley Town station brought to it.
Incidentally I had a great run and am very grateful to the people I asked for direction from who helped guide me back to the road across Blithfield Reservoir. Saved me a couple of miles running I didn't want to do. On a random sampling of those people there's a lot of friendly helpful people around there.