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Is the new proposed HS2 a solution for the future?Back

Plans for the route of the new HS2 high-speed rail network across the north of England have been unveiled today.

The Government says that journey times from Manchester to Birmingham and from Manchester to London will be halved, and that the project is “a vital engine for growth” that will benefit the whole nation once it is up and running.

The new route will not take effect until the year 2033, around 20 years from now, with Department for Transport officials predicting that it will create as many as 100,000 jobs and will provide a great boost to the economy.

But the Trusted Dealers can’t help but consider what type of alternative transport solutions will be readily available to commuters in 20 years time, to rival the new HS2. Already, we have seen a boost in electric vehicles and hybrid cars, and this is set to increase further with the initiation of more charging stations across the country and the possibility of creating roads that can actually self-charge an electric car.

Driverless pods have also recently come into effect at terminal 5 of Heathrow airport and they are proving to be highly successful. Run on computers, the new pods are able to transport as many as 500,000 passengers travelling between Terminal 5 Business Car Park and the main terminal every year.

Google has also set the wheels in motion (so to speak), by revealing that they are currently testing self-driving cars in California, in the hope that they will be readily available to the public from the year 2020. But could we ever really trust a man-made machine? And would we want accept this method of driving? It would certainly take away the ‘fun’ element of getting behind the wheel.

Referring to the new HS2 high speed train, the transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, said: “This is an unparalleled opportunity to secure a step-change in Britain’s competitiveness and this government will do everything possible to ensure that the towns and cities in the Midlands and the north get the connections they need and deserve to thrive.”

But as we sit here in the year 2013, we’re still wondering if by 2033, there might be other more appealing solutions available to commuters which could rival the success of an expensive and potentially disruptive new rail network transport system. What do you think?

Posted by Leana Kell on 28/01/2013