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Zigzag wanderer

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Page 14 of Centro’s Unlocking the Benefits provided a wish-list of “local connectivity package” improvements for HS2, including a “rapid transit” link between central Coventry and the parkway station at Bickenhill. According to a 2014 Centro presentation on the Coventry council website, the best performing route is one that takes 40 minutes and zigzags to the university.


Extract from Centro Cheylesmore presentation, 11th March 2014

In the time it took to ‘rapid-transit’ from Coventry to the Bickenhill HS2 station, someone could be already two-thirds of the way to London, on the “19th century” railway.


Written by beleben

August 15, 2014 at 9:09 am

Posted in Centro, High speed rail, HS2

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  1. It’s no secret that journey time savings aren’t the most important when going from the West Midlands to London. People in Coventry are going to be well-served by extra services on the WCML, and won’t have to compete for seats against people going to Birmingham or the like. This link isn’t just for HS2, as it is the sort of local public transport improvement that not only works with HS2 but works to benefit local communities and get people out of cars for the short hops that most cars are used for. I don’t think you can spin that as being a bad thing.


    August 15, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    • People in Coventry are going to be well-served by extra services on the WCML

      Centro planning is based on having fewer fast trains from Coventry to London.


      August 15, 2014 at 8:49 pm

  2. I get the feeling that Centro have their universities mixed up! They clearly mean the University of Warwick. Coventry University is in the city centre.

    Joe Rukin

    August 18, 2014 at 10:55 am

    • As is usual where Centro is concerned, there’s very little information to go on. Whether the reference is to the University of Warwick, or to Coventry University (the former Lanchester Poly), it cannot be anything other than a bonkers scheme.


      August 18, 2014 at 4:32 pm

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