THERE are rumblings of concern over the impact the construction of the proposed high speed rail link might have in Hampton in Arden.
HS2 as is it is called is currently being touted as the 21st Century answer to our transport problems, whisking travellers from Birmingham International to London, or vice versa, in a trice.
Of course you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs, so obviously building it will cause disruption.
Needless to say, such a venture is going to cost a packet, but Solihull council seems in favour it, all the political parties and of course the ‘West Midlands business community’ without dipping their hands in their pockets to pay for it of course.
So, it will be down to you and me to foot the bill.
However one can’t help but feel that the cash might be better spent on upgrading the existing network - giving us trains that not only run on time, but have enough seats, room for luggage, are comfortable and have a decent buffet service.
HS2 will take decades to do, with all the attendant planning anguish and protests, and be out of date the moment the ribbon is cut.
Upgrading will bring the quickest return and benefit the majority of the population - and give the people of Hampton in Arden a break.