Even if everything goes according to present day plans, and even in the unlikely event that the project stays within it’s proposed budget, it will take at least five years before the first train runs. I urge those who have the power to control projects and our funds to look at the facts that are in front of your eyes.
Trains of necessity have to stay on the lines. A user has to find their way to a station to start their journey and then find their way to their ultimate destination after leaving the station where the train stops.
Now consider the M25. At busy times the traffic forms bunches. A driver speeds at 70 MPH and then joins a queue traveling at 5 MPH. When variable speed limits were introduced the traffic is kept moving so that one’s average speed is higher than the stop/speed unrestricted journey.
Now consider how many vehicles that you see on our roads are over ten years old. Very few. Now consider the how the price of driverless vehicles will be cheaper than the present day vehicles because the need for the present day driver to control the vehicle from inside, using complicated mechanisms will no longer be necessary. Using a remote control one could place one’s car in a garage etc..
They are already testing 5 lorries connected to each other solely by electronics. I thought at first that was a stupid idea because I envisaged that at a motorway it would be nigh on impossible for 5 lorries to join the minor road as one unit. I was wrong. The technology is already available that can separate the units . Driverless vehicles can travel closer together because electrical reaction times are much quicker than the human brain .
Then consider this. The cost of accidents is far higher than most people appreciate. The figures are available to research. A single accident can cost over £1 million.
Then compare the train whose journey starts and stops at fixed points with a lorry which starts and stops from where the goods are to where the goods need to be.
But here is the clincher. Governments like to control you. They will use the argument that driverless cars reduce accidents to force the public to buy them. The vehicle manufacturers will support the government because the vehicles will be cheaper to produce. The road hauliers will support the government because they will not have to employ drivers who are limited by the hours they are allowed to drive.
The controllers you call government, will then have the power to control when and where you drive. No doubt important people i.e, the government, will be given unlimited access to the roads. Probably the present fast lane on the motorway would be reserved to them when the only limiting speed limit would be the capability of the car.
So HS2 redundant before a spade hits the ground.