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In an attempt to improve the standing of Britain’s very high speed rail project, government bodies and HS2 Ltd have “supported” nominally independent organisations to create favourable messages. The latest example of credibility buy-in is the Centre for Cities report “Fast Track to Growth: Transport priorities for stronger cities” (October 20, 2014) by Paul Swinney and Elliot Bidgood.

Like Arup / Volterra’s “Understanding the transport infrastructure requirements to deliver growth in England’s Core Cities” (2011), ‘Fast Track‘ is a thinly-disguised high speed rail puff-piece, but for HS3 rather than HS2. The ‘knowledge-intensive business services’ (KIBS) angle introduced by Mr Swinney and Mr Bidgood, turned up again on October 27 in David Higgins’ “Rebalancing Britain” report.

Manchester is second only to London in the HS2 'pecking order'

“Northern powerhouse” or “Manchester powerhouse”? Manchester is second only to London in the HS2 ‘pecking order’

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Written by beleben

October 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm

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