Paul Blomfield MP is not representing the views of his constituents when he campaigns for the new High Speed trains to be routed through the middle of Sheffield. Central constituents do not want the roar of 250mph trains on their doorsteps or their houses demolished to make way for them. Many will not be able to afford the fares on a service designed to get business people to London a bit quicker. Do we really need this in the age of superfast broadband and worldwide internet conferencing?
The Green Party wants massive investment in the railways, but our top priority would be to improve local transport. Imagine what could be done with a fraction of the £32,000,000,000 planned to be spent on this scheme. We could extend Supertram now so it links the hospitals to the city centre and the suburbs, reducing the need to drive. We could improve the currently appalling conditions on overcrowded commuter trains with more carriages and new engines.We could invest in “safe routes to school” and 20mph limits in residential areas to stop our children being killed on the road. We could re-open stations like Heeley, giving more people easy access to the rail network. We could create cycle networks, separating bikes and cars as they do in Holland, making cycling a safe, attractive choice.
Sheffield Green Party