An interesting report on HS2
I have never been a supporter of HS2, mainly because the time saving between London and Birmingham is not sufficient to justify the enormous capital cost. Whilst more significant savings in time will be available on Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle times to London and between the three provincial cities and Birmingham, again it is doubtful if the capital cost is justified.
Another interesting article:
One of the reasons for HS2 is to obviate the need for a third runway at Heathrow.
The sooner HS2 is scrapped and replaced by improvements to the existing network the better.
Speed is not the consideration for most passengers: price is. Hence the popularity and frequency of long distance buses.