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Gareth Morgan appears confused about the details of HS2The Centro-led GoHS2 has announced that Birmingham’s young professionals have joined its campaign (it turns out that “Birmingham’s young professionals” means the Birmingham Future organisation, which claims around 500 members).

This isn’t much of a surprise, given that Birmingham Future was represented at the Biz4HS2 photo-opportunity in Victoria Square. And Gareth Morgan, “Chair of Birmingham Futures” (sic) appears in a video on the Biz4HS2 Youtube channel uploaded on 28 March 2011.

In the video, Mr Morgan says “If I know that I can just go down to New Street Station, jump on a train, and 45 minutes later, I’m in London, or an hour later, I’m in Leeds, I think it brings the country closer together”. But HS2 doesn’t involve New Street station; it would run from a separate dead-end station, at Curzon Street. And even with the second stage Y-network, Leeds would not be reached from London in 1 hour.

These misapprehensions don’t come as much of a surprise, either. I’ve noticed that many HS2 cheerleaders turn out to have little idea or understanding about things like “freed-up capacity”, time savings, or carbon emissions.

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