Many people love to criticise initiatives such as High Speed 2 (HS2) which will improve the rail infrastucture to those in London and in other areas of the Country.
When Ealing Council said it was objecting to the scheme it was endangering the jobs to our area. Clearly in the short term infrastucture schemes like HS2 or Crossrail can give new jobs whilst the scheme is being built and also when the schemes are completed.
For Ealing I can see that by Ealing saying no and trying to pretend to like large rail schemes, it will possibly stop the whole thing in its tracks. It is crucial while we are in a consultation phase to raise relevant objections but to have no real vision is a departure from sensibility.
There will always be groups against these schemes but interestingly we see Local Government Association and London Councils in favour of HS2.
I think that those who are saying no in the way Ealing is are pretty much wanting to see a worsening transport system as well as a loss of jobs.