High speed rail line only 30 years away

Written by MonkeyInTheBath

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

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An artist's impression of what the planned train line might look like in 2050

The UK Government has today announced that a planned high speed train line between London and Birmingham will get the go ahead and will progress to the next stage in the planning process - the legal challenges.

PM David Cameron said, "I can proudly announce that this planned engineering work and all aspects of its construction can now be contested in court. We can all look forward to Britain leading the world in procrastination, bureaucracy and red tape for the next 30 years. I will personally guarantee that during that time, not one mile of actual track will be built, but every inch of the planned route will be scrutinised in excruciating detail."

The PM attacked countries like China who often went ahead with large construction works without thoroughly following up all possible legal challenges or even filling in a planning permission form. He stressed that it was a basic human right to be able to complain loudly and for a tediously long time against having anything built within a 10 mile radius of one's home.

Critics of the planned legal action have said that the next government will probably scrap the project anyway.

Retired trainspotting music svengali Pete Waterman, who has campaigned for the train line for years, disagreed. He said, "The locomotion. I wouldn't change a thing. Especially for you. I should be so lucky. Never gonna give you up."

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