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Goodwill to all Warringtonians, part two

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In Westminster Committee room 10 on 2nd September 2014, Warrington North MP Helen Jones (Labour) and Warrington South MP David Mowat (Conservative) held an adjournment debate on the effects of HS2. Both MPs are unhappy about the Tatton to Golborne section of the proposed high speed Y network. Mr Mowat (a strong supporter of HS2, and who remains under the impression that its benefit cost ratio is 2.3) said he did not know why the Golborne connection was needed.

Planned HS2 in south east Lancashire and north east Cheshire

Planned HS2 in south east Lancashire and north east Cheshire

Ms Jones — also opposed to the Golborne line — said that there should be a HS2 connection ‘north of Crewe’. What that means, was not explained. In the current HS2 scheme, classic compatible trains from London could run into the existing Crewe station and then on to Warrington Bank Quay and Runcorn.

Transport minister Robert Goodwill’s dull pre-packed response did not really address the points made by Mr Mowat or Ms Jones. For example, he provided no information about the cost of the Golborne route section. The costs and benefits of individual line sections and stations in HS2 might be one of the topics for the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee to look into. It might also be a good idea to get Network Rail and Atkins to account for their claims about the costs and economic disruption of ‘HS2 alternatives’.

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Written by beleben

September 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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