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HS2 and Birmingham Airport

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One of the HS2 project’s many oddities is the inclusion of a “Birmingham Interchange” parkway station at Middle Bickenhill, apparently as a result of lobbying by Birmingham Airport.

Birmingham Airport's John Morris holds a Westbourne 'Yes to High Speed Rail' placard at a photo-opp in Birmingham's Victoria Square, 2011

According to the Airport’s 2006 – 2012 Surface Access Strategy, “The high cost of rail investment make it unlikely that further significant investment by the Birmingham Airport Company, in either rail services or off-site rail facilities, would be justified“.

So the airport is not happy spending its own money on rail infrastructure, but is quite happy if someone else picks up the bill.

Birmingham Airport, surface access mode shares, 1996 to 2006

Birmingham Airport, surface access mode shares, 1996 to 2006

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Written by beleben

April 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm

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  1. A station located at Bickenhill was part of the original remit for HS2 Phase 1, as was a station at Fazeley/Curzon Street and a Heathrow interchange. That the station is located near the airport is not as important as the natural connections and interconnectivity that is common around airports. Airports provide a critical mass of pre-existing development, motorway links with junctions and other public transport hubs which make them a useful place to serve whether or not many passengers would actually transfer from air to HSR. There realistically is no better place for a ‘Birmingham Parkway’ station than the Interchange/Airport and so it is entirely unsurprising that it is located here.

    CautiousObserver

    May 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    • A station located at Bickenhill was part of the original remit for HS2 Phase 1. The Andrew Adonis letter of 9 March 2009 does not mention a station at Bickenhill, but the blogpost is not questioning where a HS2 parkway between Birmingham and London should be. It is pointing out (i) that the airport is not happy spending its own money on rail infrastructure, but is quite happy if someone else picks up the bill; and (ii) the volume of traffic on offer from the airport and its hinterland, is extremely small.

      beleben

      May 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm


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