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27 February 2020

John Entwistle HS2 Speech For The Clubs Evaluation Training

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John Entwistle Lancaster Speakers Club

 

SOUTH LANCASTER SPEAKERS CLUB - EVALUATION SESSION

John delivered an excellent synopsis and a strong presentation with little to improve. Could he make it any better? No, I don't think so.

His succinct title and introduction quickly established a framework that mapped out the speeches development. The HS2 speech was topical, informative, and delivered with conviction.

The South Lancaster Speakers members gave feedback and the Education Director fed back on the objectives of this evaluation session. Check out the Chairpersons minutes on the club's Facebook page.

 

 

 

HS2                  WHAT CAN WE DO WITH £100 BILLION

                            100,000,000,000   = 11 zeros

Suggested by Labour in 2009                 approved by Conservative in Feb 2020

Opening in 2030 ???

Stage 1                      HS2A              London Euston to Birmingham and Crewe

Stage 2                      HS”B               Brm to Leeds    + Crewe to M/c & Liverpool

                                    Linked in with Northen Powehouse Rail network

                                = High Speed North    – Liverpool – Leeds

CASE FOR  

Green                        Reduce intercity car and Air transport – less emissions

Business                    Will bring more business to BRM; M/c & Leeds

                                    More business hubs based on cities – draw in locals

                                                Bolton/Bury/Blackpool/Preston/Blackburn/Burnley

                                    More intercity business in the North ( if northern rail )

Capacity                    Less overcrowding

                                    More trains on existing networks for commuters etc

Re Balance the Economy

                                    Generate more jobs and wealth in the North

CASE AGAINST

GREEN                       Green party against it / faster trains use more energy

                                                            Should focus on local connections

                                    Environment – destroy 40 & damage 6) Ancient woodlands

                                    Restrict access to much open country

BUSINESS                  Euston is quietest of London Terminals

                                    No demand for more Intercity travel to London

                                    More demand for better commuter / local services

Rebalance the Economy

                                    Will suck businesses to London

                                    Will suck business activity to Cities with HS2 connections

                                    Will reduce business activity in smaller towns

                                    Need to Build and Invest in the North if we want to uplift

                                    the North – Why spend the money in the South

Crossrail 1 = 18 Billion – ready in 2021

Crossrail 2 = 41 Billion – 2023 –> 2038                        60 Billion for London

107 Billion = £1,500 per person in UK  pop is 67 Million

= £ 70 per person per year over 20 years

= £ 50 per person per year over 30 years

PROFIT – none

WHAT IF WE DO NOT BUILD HS2

Green                        More traffic on roads / expansion of Motorways

                                    More traffic = more pollution

                                    Air Quality in urban areas reduced

                                    BUT ….. Electric vehicles – need to produce more electricity

Business                    Remain focused on the South East

Capacity                    More problems on the rails as we attempt to :

                                                cram in more passengers

                                                cram in more scheduled trains

                                    Overcrowding

Re balance the Economy

                                    No boost to the Midlands or to the North

CONCLUSIONS                     The Wrong Project /  SPEND MONEY ON NORTH

60 BILLION for Crossrail 1 + 2  - could do a great deal with that in the North

BUT WE DO NEED MORE CAPACITY?

South Lancaster Speakers Club meets 7.30pm most 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from September to May at Hollins Lane Methodist Church School Room, Forton, PR3 0AB. Call 01524 805554