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The hitman versus the maglevman

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Pete 'The Hitman' Waterman at Crewe in 2012 (BBC)

Transport minister Susan Kramer and ‘HS2 Growth Taskforce’ member Pete ‘The Hitman’ Waterman were in Crewe yesterday (27 February 2014) “to find out more about how HS2 will benefit the town and the wider region”, reported.

[‘Baroness Kramer and Pete Waterman visit Crewe to find out how HS2 could benefit the town’,, 27 Feb 2014]

“[With HS2] passengers will be able to travel between London and Carlisle, Lancaster, Preston, Wigan, Warrington, and Runcorn without changing trains.”

In other words, passengers would be able to travel to those places without changing trains — just as they can do now. But finding out how HS2 would work in Crewe appears to be a less than straightforward task, as Richard Maund discovered when he attempted to get answers from Cheshire East council leader Michael Jones (Question 2, Crewe Chronicle, 29 Jan 2014).

Over the border in Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent city council does not accept that the government’s HS2 vision would “benefit the wider region”. Its rival (but equally bizarre) proposal would double the size of the city, apparently, by diverting the high speed line through a new station near Etruria.

So far as can be established, the lead design of Stoke-on-Trent council’s alternative high speed proposition was placed in the hands of a PR company. Authorship of the council’s response to the HS2 phase two consultation was effectively subcontracted to ‘maglevman’ Dr Alan James.

Written by beleben

February 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. […] previously mentioned, a PR company, Big Partnership, were appointed to lead Stoke-on-Trent council’s HS2 phase two […]

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