ref date:10 Oct 2002 (tra)
Scotland bypassed on high speed rail upgrades
Despite a five times overspend now standing at £9.8bn ($16billion) rather than the LABOUR promised £2bn, Scotland will not see new high speed train services until 2006.
England of course will see the benefits WAY before this, even though Scotland
has footed its share of the bill already.
Kenny McAskill, the SNP transport spokesman,said it left Scotland as a branch
line to nowhere.
This is no surprise as with the Channel Tunnel, it too was built to increase the
wealth of South Eastern England , NOT help any 'regions' or Scotland. But
we ALL paid for that too!
Where are the freight trains and line improvements to Scotland to give us a
slice of that European trade pie? Nowhere, because that is what Westminster