New Alternative View on HS2

by Jeremy on 05-Nov-2011

The shadow transport secretary, Maria Eagle, has put forward an alternative route for the south end of HS2, the proposed £32bn high-speed rail line, which will initially link just London and Birmingham. In a speech made to the Airport Operators Association on Monday 31 October  she said, “It seems mad not to take your high speed train through your hub airport at the earliest opportunity – that’s the lesson of high speed in Europe.” 

Instead of the line heading immediately north from Euston on its way to Birmingham, the alternative route would first go west a few miles to Heathrow, putting the airport, one of the busiest in the world, on the main high speed line right from the beginning rather than on a spur scheduled for stage 2 in about 2033. The line would then swing north and follow the M40 and the Chiltern line to around halfway to Birmingham before joining the existing proposed route for the remainder of the journey. Read the full VoxOpp press release.

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