But you'll have filled the city centre with railway station forcing shops to move further out taking up residential areas forcing people to move out and then you'd have to expand the fare zones...
Sorry cross posting, very bad, very naughty.
Those stations will only need at most another 50% more space, that can be done underground and like I said, if city centres can be rebuilt for the car, they can be rebuilt for the train
Give us some examples of shopping malls built on top of a railway station in Britain that are successful and people enjoy. And I'm not talking about places like St Pancras that are built for railway passengers, but rather places that are built as a piece of the town centre.
The onces that were built were rubbish, but Westfield Stratford City is very good and it is very close to the GEML
The Roads needed a Massive investment in the 1960's - 1990's, that's when the Motorways came about, our road network before then was Appalling, imagine having to go through major city centres to get from London to Glasgow or Edinburgh. Without Motorways these journeys would have taken nearly 10 hours, with the M1 and M6 that is reduced by 3 and a Half hours. The Train is still quicker taking around 4 hours. And these Projects that I point out are all started in in some shape or form. In fact Rail spending has been a lot higher recently than in the Past. We have the Airdrie - Bathgate route re-opened and that is a great success. The Government is getting it's faith back in the Railways and putting more money into it. But, at the minute, that cannot be much. This Country, if you might not of noticed, is just starting to come out of a recession. What you are suggesting would put A LOT of strain on Money and probably put us back in one.
And, Dave, I have to agree, Moor Street is the Best Station in Birmingham, and I don't think it gets the credit it deserves.
Lets make it clear, what the government should have done is nothing for the roads and invest hugely into the railways, then people would get out of their cars and into the railways again, not only would there have been less need to build motorways over rural areas, but it mean that we would less need of the car in the first place!
There is a huge amount of money put into the railways, but if BR was still around then there would have been even better improvements (due to less waste) with the same money, imagine what would happen if they had even more money?
As for the recession, you have clearky forgot that HUNDRED'S OF BILLION'S of pounds is being stolen from the government via tax evasion and avoidance, there is money, but the rich are holding onto nearly all of it, investment like rail investments can grow the economy and create new jobs