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HS2 and business relocation

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According to the government, the HS2 high speed rail project is intended to help “rebalance Britain’s economy” and benefit ‘the regions’ by allowing businesses to locate outside of London. If the £50 billion Y network were built,

  • Manchester would be about as ‘close’ to London as Coventry is today
  • and Leeds would be as close to London, as Birmingham is now

in terms of journey time.

So one might expect the company managing the HS2 project to be based somewhere outside the capital, but with good rail connections to it — Birmingham, or Coventry, for example.

But HS2 Ltd is based at Eland House in central London. And as of 31 October 2013, HS2 Ltd employed 557 people, of whom 550 were based in London and seven in Birmingham, said transport minister Robert Goodwill.

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Written by beleben

November 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. A truly ridiculous argument – it’s because HS2 Ltd and organisations like it feel the need to be based in London that the north-south divide needs to be addressed!

    It just so happens that an effective way to do that is by allowing businesses to benefit from the far lower costs of operating in Birmingham or Manchester without being cut-off from the crucial London labour market.

    Chris

    December 1, 2013 at 2:23 am

    • A truly ridiculous argument – it’s because HS2 Ltd and organisations like it feel the need to be based in London that the north-south divide needs to be addressed!

      Why does HS2 Ltd ‘feel the need to be based in London’ when Coventry is 60 minutes and Birmingham 84 minutes from the capital?

      beleben

      December 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm


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