HS1-HS2 LINK SCRAPPED – BIRMINGHAM WOULD BECOME LONDON COMMUTER BELT.

HS2 ACTION ALLIANCE

COMMENT

 

March 24, 2014.

 

HS1-HS2 LINK SCRAPPED – BIRMINGHAM WOULD BECOME LONDON COMMUTER BELT.

 

Commenting on Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin’s announcement that an HS2-HS1 link would be scrapped, Richard Houghton of HS2 opposition groups HS2 Action Alliance said:

 

“It’s not looking good for HS2. Key criteria were laid down by Lord Adonis when it was first planned. In its current form it would fail to meet two of them: a station at Heathrow, and to be linked with HS1.

 

“At the moment the plans would simply turn Birmingham into another London satellite: it would take less time to commute from Birmingham to London than many towns and cities to the north and west of London, and from the south coast.

 

“Far from feeding business and opportunity to regional towns and cities, HS2 would suck it to London. The evidence is clear: There are eight times as many tickets bought for Birmingham to London than London to Birmingham today. Industry experts say that is unlikely to change if HS2 gets the nod.

 

“With no link to HS1 – and Europe – HS2 just becomes another London commuter train – the difference being it is likely to be empty, whereas on current commuter trains 100,000 people stand on the journey into London every day.”

 

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