HS2 Heathrow Hub is junk
Economic secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid, Labour MP Liam Byrne, and Stephanie Boston, director of Conserve the Chilterns and Countryside, were the guests discussing HS2 on BBC television’s Daily Politics show (broadcast date 9 Jan 2013). The discussion was prefaced by a short film in which Chiltern resident Geoffrey Palmer recounted that the Department for Transport had been forced to release figures showing Inter City West Coast trains were half empty, even in the peak.
Mr Javid’s proclivity for clichés, and Mr Byrne’s use of the term “marshalling yard” for the proposed HS2 depot at Washwood Heath again demonstrated politicians’ woeful grasp of technical issues. Judging by what Ms Boston had to say, if the Conserve the Chilterns and Countryside group isn’t a front organisation for Heathrow Hub Ltd, it might as well be one.
Somewhat oddly, on its website Conserve the Chilterns and Countryside contact address is given as 21 St Thomas Street, Bristol BS1 (Avon). Anyway, there is absolutely no reason to build HS2 via Heathrow, and/or the M40 corridor. Because not enough people want to travel to Heathrow from northern England to justify building a high speed railway via Heathrow. And not enough people want to travel from northern England to London to justify building a new high speed railway. Via Aylesbury, the M40, or anywhere else.