Satirical Cartoon: HS2 funding

A sleek modern train is standing on a platform, it gleams. A sign above it says ‘London HS2 Terminus’. On the information screens the departure is at 12:00pm and the arrival time is 12:45pm at ‘Birmingham Digbeth Curzon St’.

In the background streams of city gent types are getting off the train laden with boxes, cheap Christmas decorations, toys, plastic stuff spilling over.

Two more bowler hatted gents are about to get on, they are carrying briefcases that say ‘Dept of Transport’ on.

Says one to the other: “A few more trips up to Latif’s and we’ll have clawed back that £150M investment.”

By Jon Bounds

14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands 2008, subsequently not placed. His new book about visiting every seaside pier in England and Wales — Pier Review — has been described as “On the Road meets On the Buses”, it's out now. Jon wrote and directed the first ever piece of drama to be performed on Twitter and founded the famous blog Birmingham: It's Not Shit.

14th Most Influential Person in the West Midlands 2008, subsequently not placed. His new book about visiting every seaside pier in England and Wales — Pier Review — has been described as “On the Road meets On the Buses”, it's out now. Jon wrote and directed the first ever piece of drama to be performed on Twitter and founded the famous blog Birmingham: It's Not Shit.

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