The last time I wrote about HS2 was on 12th June, a post in which I extensively linked to the Trans-European Network - Transport (TEN-T), the latter whose brief for their "raison-d'etre" can be found here. For ages I have been attempting to show the link between HS2 and the EU, a factor not mentioned in any government statement or website - at least not one that I have found, until now.
Amongst the TEN-T projects that has recently appeared on the TEN-T website is "Project 14" - the West Coast Main Line, together with a Progress Report on Priority Axes as at May 2010. Page 8 of this document from the government shows the 'Y' shaped route, with this explanatory note, together with this map from the Telegraph, both of the latter corresponding with the map from TEN-T linked to in my post of 12th June.
Conservative Home has an article by Mark Field on the subject of HS2 in which he confesses that the underlying logic of HS2 has always been something of a mystery to him. He also believes that if the government is serious about getting HS2 built, it is high time that they started making a strong public interest argument before Conservative opposition to this £30 billion project becomes overwhelming, continuing that the government should not be surprised Conservative MPs with constituencies along its route take the easy path of least resistance by supporting vocal, hostile, local opinion. One has to question where Conservative opposition to HS2 may come from as Mark Field seems oblivious of the fact that MPs whose constituencies would be affected, which include Cheryl Gillan, David Lidington, Dominic Grieve, Jeremy Wright and Michael Fabricant, are unable to voice dissent due to their holding the positions in government that they do.
Needless to say not once in Field's article does he refer to the EU link so perhaps he needs to 'surf the net' a little more prior to putting fingers to keyboard. Mind you, the lack of any mention of the EU is hardly surprising when one remembers that he was one of those Conservative MPs that supported the Government giving the IMF an additional £9.2billion 'bung' - from which an educated guess can be made as to where his loyalties lie.