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At the time of writing, the HS2 Ltd website has a clickable list of press releases, including one dating from 4 November 2013, titled “Sir David Higgins to drive down cost of HS2”.

HS2 Ltd, list of press releases (extract)

HS2 Ltd, list of press releases (extract)

That particular story link isn’t working. But the same press release appears to be available on the gov.uk website.

[‘New HS2 Ltd Chairman Sir David Higgins to report on how to reduce the £42.6 billion cost of the scheme.’, gov.uk]

[…] Following his recent appointment as the new chair of HS2 Ltd, Sir David Higgins has been tasked with reporting on how to reduce the £42.6 billion cost of the scheme.

Today (17 March 2014), in Manchester town hall, Mr Higgins presented his report, named “HS2 Plus”, to journalists and camp followers. But there’s no sign that he has been able to “drive down” the costs of the HS2 scheme. Despite that failure, Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh stated that Labour would now vote for the Second Reading of the HS2 bill.

HS2 Ltd tweet photo of launch of 'HS2 Plus', 17 March 2014

HS2 Ltd tweet photo of launch of ‘HS2 Plus’, 17 March 2014

In HS2 Plus, Mr Higgins proposed that the government should

  • look at “a more comprehensive redevelopment of Euston – a solution that could truly stand the test of time and allow the station to join St Pancras and King’s Cross as an iconic driver of local regeneration whose beneficial effects will be felt for generations”
  • “accelerate Phase Two as soon as possible to take the line 43 miles [69 km] further north than planned in Phase One, to a new transport hub at Crewe which could be completed by 2027, six years earlier than planned”
  • not proceed with the HS2-to-HS1 link, at least in its present form.
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Written by beleben

March 17, 2014 at 8:58 pm

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  1. 1. I do recall that the “original” HS2 plan for a totally new Euston was changed to an add-on development because the original was too expensive and would take too long to build. How does reverting to a bigger scheme that the original cut costs and reduce the time required?
    2. The cynics amongst us will see the new “Crewe Interchange” will be followed by a later decision to scrap the Birmingham terminal (why bother when compatible trains can continue up the WCML from Crewe?) and also the option to construct the rest of the “network” north of Crewe (why bother when compatible trains can continue up the WCML from Crewe?) Job done – cheaper and quicker!

    strawbrick

    March 18, 2014 at 9:10 am


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