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The people behind the Whitacre Link say that if it goes ahead, Coventry, Nuneaton, Coleshill, Warwick, Leamington and Kenilworth would be directly linked to Bickenhill HS2 interchange and the Black Country and Birmingham, reported the Coventry Telegraph (9 Jan 2014).

Journey times to join HS2 for Nuneaton commuters could be reduced from 51 to 18 minutes, because passengers would not have to change at Birmingham New Street.

The reasons for building HS2 seem to change every few months, but one of them was to supposedly ‘free up’ the West Coast line, so that the Trent Valley could have more trains to London. So what would be the point of speeding up access from Nuneaton to a HS2 station at Bickenhill?

It might be worth protecting the former Hampton-in-Arden — Whitacre and Kenilworth — Berkswell corridors for future ‘optioneering’. But it’s hard to see the HS2-oriented Marshall / Byng project as anything but nonsense.

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Written by beleben

January 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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