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Linking Liverpool with HS2

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The High Speed Rail – Linking Liverpool campaign to “bring high speed rail” to Liverpool is ‘supported by the Combined Authority, its strategic transport adviser Merseytravel, local authorities in the City Region and other public sector partners, alongside the Local Enterprise Partnership and private sector businesses and organisations’.

High Speed Rail Linking Liverpool, national map

High Speed Rail Linking Liverpool, national connectivity

At the time of writing, the campaign website does not provide much hard detail on what is being proposed. But maps from a presentation given on 4 September 2014 suggest that the aim is to have HS2 new-build track built from Crewe to Liverpool, allowing captive trains to serve Runcorn and Liverpool Lime Street.

High Speed Rail Linking Liverpool, city arrangements

High Speed Rail Linking Liverpool, city arrangements

At Lime Street, 400-metre platforms — stretching to the existing tunnel portal — would be built on the south side of the station. Presumably, this would foul some of the trackage for the station’s other platforms, etc. All in all, the current PR-led Linking Liverpool proposition does not look remotely credible.


Written by beleben

September 12, 2014 at 8:07 am

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  1. I’m sure the Liverpool and London SW1 elites can see the merits of them being linked by HS2. But, there might be greater economic benefit to Liverpool and the North South Divide if HS2 were parked and money was spent instead on a Crossrail for the North, fast-connecting the centres of Liverpool, Manchester, Bradford, Sheffield, Leeds, York and Hull. See the ‘Northern Cities Crossrail’ on the NorthStart website:

    And, see the BBC2 programme Mind The Gap, anchored by Evan Davies, arguing for regional agglomerations of cities, technology skills, commuter suburbs and SMEs well beyond, but competing with, London’s world-city mass of them:

    Michael Wand

    September 12, 2014 at 10:54 am

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