Historians can be cussed people, insisting on careful reading of the evidence, requiring evaluation of motives, refusing to accept conventional viewpoints. I was lucky enough to be trained well in those disciplines. They have been hardened through a lifetime of reading between the lines of official papers. That is why I have not been impressed by the avalanche of HS2 material. Too much of it reads as 'policy-based evidence' rather than as dispassionate analysis. That saddens me. We need more thorough, more inclusive, more wide-ranging decision-making in Britain.
PTN has contributed to the debate. Some of this material can be accessed here.
* our submission to the Department for Transport's Consultation in 2011 : HS2_consultation.doc
* a presentation to a workshop at the Institute of Railway Studies (National Railway Museum / University of York) in June 2011 : Why Oh Y-4 rvsd.odp
* a paper at the Railfuture conference on HS2 in July 2011 : Railfuture.ppt
* an updated version of these presentations for the Cambridge University Railway Club in February 2012 :CURC-Feb12.ppt.