The Evening Times have been running a campaign for a while now on funding issues affecting Glasgow. The latest is on the state of the roads.
I’d like to see them take up the issue of high speed rail. The government’s current proposals of linking up Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London will put Glasgow at an even further competitive disadvantage.
The UK government may not care about this, but the environmental benefits of HSR will not be achieved unless the network links to Scotland.
The impact of such a campaign would be enormous. If not the Evening Times, maybe the Daily Record? Yorkshire has been successful in being included in the current proposals in large part due to the local newspaper’s ‘Fast Track to Yorkshire’ campaign which was praised in Parliament.
I suggested the idea to a Herald and Times journalist a few months ago and I really hope they end up running with it. The same would go for the Evening News in Edinburgh. With a Y-shaped model, this is one for the east and west coast.