Following concerns voiced by Public Accounts Committee earlier today, the government has announced that the controversial HS2 project is to be scrapped. Funding will instead be made available to construct what it is hoped will be the world’s longest commuter cycle path.
David Cameron is said to be delighted at the news. “As a keen cyclist myself, I’m excited by this decision. Not only is it a much, much cheaper option than HS2, but there are the obvious benefits of curing obesity and building on the Olympic Legacy. This will push the UK ahead in no small measure.”
Engineers welcomed the challenge of constructing the path and have mooted an “electricity capture” sideline to the project. Professor Reginald Capstick of the Sustainable Futures Project is working on a battery which can be attached to the back wheel of any standard bicycle which charges up as the cyclist pedals. “The possibilities are endless given the length of the new cycle path and its capacity for a large number of cyclists using it. This could well be an answer to future energy needs.”
Boris Johnson is said to considering resigning as Mayor of London to head up a new national bicycle rental scheme.