Readers respond to news of scrapped rail electrification plans and the folly of HS2

The transport secretary’s announcement (Fury as soaring cost halts electrification, 21 July) is disastrous for the UK – on economic, social and environmental grounds. It is a further sign that this government has no real interest in the economy and communities anywhere but London and the south-east.

That the centre and south-west should not have an “electric spine”, when you look to the high-quality, reliable, electric services enjoyed across the rest of Europe, leaves us stuck far in the past – and even further from meeting our obligations under the Climate Change Act and the Paris climate accords.

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