Andrew Gilligan today:
But the internal DfT report, “Productive use of travel time and the valuation of travel time savings for business travellers,” says that most of these supposed gains are illusory.
It says that the DfT is relying on the \”unsupportable\” assumption that time spent on trains is unproductive and demands \”major changes\” to the \”1960s\” method used to calculate the HS2 business case. No such changes have been made.
With laptops, wi-fi and smartphones now making long-distance train carriages an extension of the office, the actual amount of extra work produced by HS2 may be almost nil, the researchers find.
The research, based on extensive fieldwork, found that up to 82 per cent of business travellers did some work on train journeys and almost half of all train travel time by businesspeople was spent working.
Timmy in January (admittedly, riffing off something by Idle):
We’ve had a technological change: time spent in transit is no longer wasted time, in fact if you talk to people these days I’m sure you’d find many of them claiming that sitting on a train, on a plane, with the internet running, is more productive than much time spent in offices.
The business case for HS2, in fact for pretty much any \”fast rail\” is now irredeemably fucked. By the internet.