Is HS2, the UK's planned high speed railway between London and the North, a good idea?
No. If it was going to be worth it, it would have been happily funded by private investors rather than the taxpayer against the majority's wishes.
Yes. It's not about saving 27 minutes compared to the current journey, it's about increasing capacity in the network. The current rail system is overburdened, and the population continues to rise: HS2 will help.
No. Coronavirus lockdown has shown that lots of work can be done remotely via video conferencing tools. Physically commuting for work will become a lot less necessary in the future.
Yes. The UK's rail infrastructure is largely Victorian and requires a lot of maintenance. A modern update will be more efficient to run.
It wouldn't be so bad if the project were run in a competent way. As it is, we've seen the budget explode hugely and timeframes constantly pushed back.