A reader has provided some information to a similar proposal for high speed rail in the UK; for a link between London and Birmingham. The UK Taxpayers’ Alliance Bulletin provides analysis of costs and the purported benefits at their site. Certainly worthwhile reading what mistakes have been made with assumptions and predictions about high speed rail.
Fow what it’s worth, one can already travel London-Birmingham off-peak at reasonable speed for a “measly” £46.00 for the 1 hour and 24 minutes. The full price is £79.00.
No small wonder that such offers are typically snapped up by those in the top-most £70,000 annual income quintile of the population. The remainder are left to subsidise that “cheap” travel.