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This blog has been half-heartedly following the High Speed Rail debate here in Australia, so it would be remiss of me to neglect the Economist’s contribution to the UK debate on high speed rail. The main leader here, followed by a second article in the same issue. The Economist is highly critical of high speed rail, in contrast to some of its earlier commentary which (from my recollection) was more supportive of high speed rail infrastructure in the US.

They raise some interesting arguments, and they certainly make sense in the UK context. What worries me is that they do extend this argument to all high speed rail. The argument that high speed rail can cause economic damage (by by-passing towns on existing long-distance rail lines) doesn’t, for example, apply to Australia.

See also the Infrastructurists’s reply to the Economist

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