Engineers must innovate more and be more willing to embrace new technology if they are to remain relevant and well regarded by the public, the chief engineer behind High Speed 2 (HS2) said last week.
HS2 would be a “disastrous and ill-thought-out intervention in UK transport, costing too much, and benefiting too few,” according to a civil engineer who launched a petition arguing against the £43bn project yesterday afternoon in the House of Commons.
NCE readers have panned the government’s plan for High Speed 2 (HS2), according to the findings of a poll.
HS2 chairman David Higgins has received a £50,000 bonus for his work as Network Rail chief executive in the 2013/14 financial year.
Last month saw a major milestone in the push for a second high speed rail line in the UK, when the hybrid bill for phase one of High Speed Two (HS2) was put before Parliament.
With High Speed 2 in judicial review, plans for the Thames Tideway Tunnel about to go before the Planning Inspectorate and the very future ownership of Britain’s highway network up for debate, the challenge of uniting short-term public need for economic growth with long-term sustainable infrastructure development has never been greater.
The £32.7bn project comprises the planning and construction of the UK's second high-speed railway, set to run northward from London to the Midlands and beyond
- Relevant links:
- High Speed 2 video
- High Speed 2 website
- High Speed 2 public consultation website
- Department for Transport mini-site on high speed rail
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