HS2 should become the ‘British Bullet’ if we’re to mean business after Brexit – The Yorkshire Post says

Cartoonist Graeme Bandeira's depiction of the 'British Bullet' as Ministers prepare to endorse high-speed rail.
Cartoonist Graeme Bandeira's depiction of the 'British Bullet' as Ministers prepare to endorse high-speed rail.
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IT is apropos that Boris Johnson should bring his Cabinet to the North on a historic day that will culminate with Britain leaving the European Union at 11pm.

This, after all, is a region that voted to leave the EU in part because it felt disconnected from the decisions being taken in Westminster and Brussels.

The shinkansen, known in English as the bullet train, passes through the station in Hamamatsu, Japan, last year. Its technology should now be applied to high-speed rail in Britain.

The shinkansen, known in English as the bullet train, passes through the station in Hamamatsu, Japan, last year. Its technology should now be applied to high-speed rail in Britain.

And the Prime Minister should now have the confidence and conviction to put high-speed rail at the centre of a programme for national renewal.

As Ministers reappraise the cost of HS2 following a necessary, and timely, review, The Yorkshire Post urges them to seize the moment and relaunch Europe’s largest infrastructure project as the ‘British Bullet’.

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A statement of intent, it challenges the negativity which risks derailing this scheme – and repeating the scandalous short-sightedness of the Beeching cuts in the 1960s – when the need to increase rail capacity across the UK has never been greater or more urgent.

The Yorkshire Post is calling for HS2 to be rebranded as the 'British Bullet'.

The Yorkshire Post is calling for HS2 to be rebranded as the 'British Bullet'.

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The ‘British Bullet’ should be seen as a long-term investment in the country’s future infrastructure and prosperity that is funded by successive governments rather than a drain on current budgets.

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The ‘British Bullet’ should be the driving force behind a rail revolution which sees the entire network overhauled, former Beeching lines reopened and new regional routes, like Northern Powerhouse Rail and planned East Coast Main Line spur to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, accelerated.

The Government will confirm its plans for HS2 next month.

The Government will confirm its plans for HS2 next month.

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And the ‘British Bullet’, as our name suggests, should also come to represent the very best of UK exceptional engineering and industrial ingenuity if the PM applies his trademark gusto.

The AMRC complex transformed Orgreave and can now revolutionise the North’s economy – Professor Keith Ridgway

Its construction – and cost – avoids up to three decades of disruption to existing rail lines, the price of scaling back HS2, but it has the economic power to transform manufacturing for the long-term.

HS2 continues to divide political and public opinion.

HS2 continues to divide political and public opinion.

As the UK is liberated from EU procurement rules, Yorkshire’s renown for steel, R&D and green energy can – and should – be used to galvanise a jobs and skills revolution, particularly in areas still scarred by the demise of traditional manufacturing industries, that will help to drive the North’s economy forward for decades to come.

The problem is that HS2 was mis-sold from the outset – the key argument should have been capacity rather than reduced journey times – and that this allowed recent governments to be sidetracked and lose sight of the prevailing need to improve transport connectivity across the country.

Yet, as Professor Keith Ridgway, the founding father of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, wrote in this newspaper recently, there is now a once-in-a-generation chance to maximise “untold opportunities” that exist “for the young engineers and innovators of the future” if a way can be found to replicate the AMRC’s successs elsewhere.

Building on the existing HS2 college in Doncaster, his vision – “Made in Britain: Made in the North” – is a compelling one that should be readily embraced by the Government. He is also precisely the type of internationally-acclaimed innovator from this region whose insight could help to turn the ‘British Bullet’ into a lasting source of national and international pride.

Nearly two centuries after the Middleton Railway in Leeds witnessed the first commercial use of a steam locomotive, now is the time for the country which invented the railway to fire up the ‘British Bullet’ – using, of course, steel forged in Yorkshire, the very latest green energy and local labour wherever possible – and show to the world that the UK is back on track.