As the trains rush past

The current debate about the proposed high speed rail link between London and Lancashire seems to have got into a muddle. It seems that the real advantage of this railway will not be speed but extra capacity. However there are real doubts about whether it will help a revival of the economy outside London. 

I remember that when the Channel Tunnel was proposed it was mooted that it would bring a great deal of prosperity to the Chanel ports and Eastern Kent. I think the effect of the channel tunnel has been to by pass towns on its route and I rather suspect the effect of a high speed rail link will be to by pass towns on its route, improving the economy in the large cities at the expense of the economy in smaller town, as the trains rush past them without stopping.

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