23 Dec

UK gears up for more high speed rail

Those communist bastards that are the Conservative Government of the UK are moving ahead with a second high speed initiative:

After seven months in power, the United Kingdom’s Conservative-led government has endorsed the previous Labour Government’s plans for a high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham, a connection that will reduce running times between the country’s two largest metropolitan areas from 1h20 to less than fifty minutes. In addition, the Department for Transport, led by Phillip Hammond, has recommended the eventual extension of the route northeast towards Leeds and northwest towards Manchester in a 335-mile Y-shaped corridor to cost upwards of £30 billion ($46 billion) to construct.

Investing in infrastructure during a recession. Investing in the future.

Oh, and here’s a look at buildings and infrastructure of US. Notice the trend? It’s all getting older. I’d be curious if whoever made this chart would do a US to other country comparison: