By pushing on with the "vital" high speed rail link, the Government can continue with their current high tax policy on all aspects of car usage.
The road network is creaking, but still remains the cheapest, quickest, cleanest, most efficient way of moving goods and persons around the country. This in spite of the fact that most of the actual costs involved are tax's, we cannot wind the clock back we have been pushed into the car to obtain work far from where we live, but at the same time we are being taxed out of the car under the guise of green policy's. By build HS link this myth can be continued.
It won't even stop where i live, yet passes my back door.
So, how many Artics will one freight train take off these roads? As I said earlier, one freight train, 750 meters in length and one driver can move over 3000t of goods in one go. Yes I am aware that it still has to be collected from rail heads, but that would be short haul and would clear up on the main arteries ie motorways.