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HS2 Stoke Route advocacy, comparison of Etruria and Basford schemes, October 2014

HS2 Stoke Route advocacy, comparison of Etruria and Basford schemes, October 2014

The October 2014 business case for the HS2 Stoke Route stated that the job creation figures claimed for the rival Crewe Hub scheme were not credible. They were larger than the town’s entire population.

But much the same could be said of the employment claims for the Stoke Route / Etruria Valley proposition.

Stoke Route advocacy from January 2014

Stoke Route advocacy from January 2014

According to Stoke-on-Trent council, the city population was 249,000 in 2011.

If there were a transport or economic case to build a new railway from Birmingham to Manchester, it would make sense to build via Stoke-on-Trent. In a new-build situation, there would be no obvious reason to ape a topology dating from the 19th century.

But the Stoke Route is as flawed as HS2 Ltd’s Consultation proposal, or Cheshire East’s “Basford parkway”.

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Written by beleben

October 17, 2014 at 8:44 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. The business case for the Stoke Route is built on the ‘Greater Stoke’ conurbation of 470,000 existing population (the city, Newcastle-under-Lyme and the adjacent Staffordshire Moorlands catchment). The Strategic Economic Plan for that area foresees population growth to approximately 750,000. It is within that wider context that the Stoke Route strategic economic numbers should be read.

    Doch etwas belebt

    October 21, 2014 at 12:50 pm


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