HS2 makes for good reading in theory - connect the capital where most of the wealth is, to the outlying regions that are "underpriveleged". However the more one thinks about it the less sensible it seems. It is entrenching the status quo that everything depends on London which goes against the grain of levelling-up.
HS3 will make the north a self-contained unit and let it flourish in its own right perhaps obviating the need for HS2 . Just upgrade the exisinig lines, after all it's only knocking off about 30 minutes and once you factor in the time to get to and from each station the overall saving is questionable. But getting across the north of England from coast to coast is an embarrasment and disincentive to trade.
I think I should be the minister for transport. Anybody voting for me?