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Setting ineptitude in concrete

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On 23 June 2014 BBC News reported chancellor George Osborne’s comments that a so-called HS3 high-speed rail link, costing up to £7 billion, between Manchester and Leeds could cut travel times between the two [cities] from 50 minutes to half an hour, helping to create a “northern global powerhouse”.

In principle, creating better transport links connecting major urban areas in the north could help to replicate the same kind of economic environment that powers growth in the capital and other powerful cities around the world, wrote Jim O’Neill, a chairman of the City Growth Commission.

[Jim O’Neill, Daily Telegraph, , 11 July 2014]

[…] One way to make this happen is to create the equivalent of a northern “Tube” system stretching from Liverpool to Leeds, at least in terms of its ease of use and availability. Chancellor George Osborne suggested the same thing in a speech given in Manchester a few weeks ago, which focused on some bold ideas to stimulate more long-term growth in major urban areas outside London.

But there seems to be a world of difference between the idea of a regional rail express system, and Mr Osborne’s idea of a Manchester – Leeds high speed line.  Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin informed Parliament this month that David Higgins had been asked to look into ways of improving city centre to city centre connections in the North. But HS2-style high speed rail is particularly unsuited to that objective, as should be apparent if one bears in mind that a HS2-enabled journey between the ‘great Northern cities’ of Bradford and Sheffield would require two changes of train.

Transpennine North requadrupling and the Woodhead route are apparently not in favour

Transpennine North requadrupling and the Woodhead route are apparently not in favour

Written by beleben

July 14, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Far better to merge the MPTE (Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive) and TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) and give them the funding to create an integrated local network. A good start would be to electrify all 3 passenger routes from Liverpool – Manchester (with a common voltage and pickup system).


    July 15, 2014 at 4:33 pm

  2. Perhaps set up a group to investigate transport improvements across the North. Would need a catchy title. What about “The Northern Way”?


    July 17, 2014 at 2:02 am

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