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David Higgins’ “Rebalancing Britain” HS2 report (27 October 2014)

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David Higgins 'Mein Umschlags Kampf' speech, Leeds 27 October 2014

As expected, HS2 Ltd’s chairman launched his HS2 and northern connectivity ‘recommendations’ with a speech in Leeds this morning, in the presence of prime minister David Cameron, chancellor George Osborne, and various northern politicians.

Politicians at the David Higgins 'Mein Umschlags Kampf' speech, Leeds 27 October 2014

Politicians Q&A

At the end of the event, Mr Higgins’ report, called “Rebalancing Britain: From HS2 towards a national transport strategy“, was made available on the HS2 Ltd website, together with the supporting report “Transport Constraints and Opportunities in the North of England” produced by Steer Davies Gleave for HS2 Ltd.

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Written by beleben

October 27, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2, Politics

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  1. Truly bizarre. All Higgins’ data suggests that the worst congestion, least capacity and lowest line-speeds are to the west of Manchester, yet he concludes that the priority should be to spend £7 billion improving the links between Manchester and Leeds. Perhaps someone should point out that Leeds is to the east…

    matthew jones

    October 28, 2014 at 11:11 pm

  2. HS2’s strategic proposal for Phase 2 is wrong because it presumes HS2 phase 1, which risks making the UK economy more London-centric rather than less. See this and other HS2 submissions to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee:

    http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/economic-affairs-committee/the-economic-case-for-hs2/written/12600.html

    The risk of HS2 is that Stage One would make the UK economy more London-centric, not less. If HS2 strategy started, instead, North-first and with a Manchester-Leeds fast connector it would help ease, not worsen, the tilt of the UK economy towards London. More interestingly, the London-wards links it then needed would look an awful lot different to the London-centric strategy on offer now.

    hsnorthstart

    October 29, 2014 at 9:27 am

  3. […] by Mr Swinney and Mr Bidgood, turned up again on October 27 in David Higgins’ “Rebalancing Britain” […]


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