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In 2012, the “Independent” Transport Commission decided to conduct its own review of the ‘spatial effects of high speed rail’ because it was concerned at “how the public and media debate over high speed rail (HSR) in Britain was being conducted”. In its report, “Ambitions and Opportunities: Understanding the spatial effects of High Speed Rail“, launched on 20 November 2014, the ITC noted that


[HS2] was perceived by much of the public and the press as an expensive civil engineering project wholly designed to move passengers at great speed between the major regional cities and London.

Of course, HS2 is a £50 billion civil engineering project designed to move passengers at high speed from Leeds, Manchester, and Birmingham to London, so the perceptions of “much of the public and the press” are correct. But HS2 is also designed to benefit the special interest groups — such as local bureaucracies, construction firms, and train companies — which fund the ITC.

Ambitions and Opportunities‘ eschews verifiable numerical data in favour of self-serving anecdote, weasel statements (‘Although it is hard to isolate the impact of HSR, it seems as though it has had a positive economic impact in Lyon’), and pompous phraseology (‘Recognise the value of public space and the power of place’). In Britain, the failure of HS1 to transform East Kent is difficult to ignore, but much the same outcomes followed on the other side of the Channel. In the early 1990s, the French government invested to provide Boulogne and Calais with no-change TGV services to Paris, as part of its high speed rail expansion, but there is little sign of economic benefit for the local population.


Calais, 2014

Independent Transport Commission website, About page

[ITC report]

[…]This report was authored by a team led by Professor John Worthington, in consultation the ITC project Steering Group, comprising Alan Baxter CBE, Sarah Kendall, Dr Matthew Niblett, Peter Headicar, Mary Bonar and Bright Pryde. […]


Matthew Niblett, Secretary General, ITC
John Worthington, Commissioner and Project Lead, ITC
Bright Pryde, Project Assistant, ITC
Simon Linnett, Chairman ITC
Henk Bouwman, Urbanist, Urban
Honoré van Rijswijk, Director, Frontwork
Sarah Kendall, Commissioner, ITC
Alan Baxter CBE, Senior Partner, Alan Baxter Associates
Peter Headicar, Commissioner, ITC
Mary Bonar, Commissioner, ITC
Michael Bredin, Volunteer, ITC
James Hodgson, Volunteer, ITC


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Architects / Camilla Ween, Goldstein Ween Architects / Emmanuelle Balmain, Grand Lyon / Thierry Perraud, Grand Lyon / Suzanne Moroney, Greater London Authority / Madalina Ursu, Greater London Authority / John Jarvis, Greengauge21 / Jim Steer, Greengauge21 / David Martin, Heathrow Airport Ltd / Jim Brewin, Hitachi Rail Europe / Rob Holden, High Speed 1 / Tanya Bhattacharyya, HS2 Ltd / Paul Chapman, Former HS2 Ltd / Paul Gilfedder, HS2 Ltd / Marian Hutchin, HS2 Ltd / Jamie Kerr, HS2 Ltd / Alison Munro, HS2 Ltd / Laura Webster, Former HS2 Ltd / Chris Howe, HS2 NW / Jim Fox, IBI Taylor Young / Stephen Gleave, IBI Taylor Young / Marcus Wilshere, IBI Taylor Young / Colin Wilson, IBI Taylor Young / Prof Dan Graham, Imperial College London / Prof Roderick Smith, Imperial College London / Stephen Dance, Infrastructure UK / Alan Baxter CBE, ITC / Kris Beuret OBE, ITC / Mary Bonar, ITC / Michael Bredin, ITC / Nicholas Finney OBE, ITC / Elizabeth Gilliard, Former ITC / Peter Headicar, ITC / Dr Stephen Hickey, ITC / James Hodgson, ITC / Prof Peter Jones, ITC / Sarah Kendall, ITC / Simon Linnett, ITC / Greg Marsden, ITC / Matthew Niblett, ITC / Bright Pryde, ITC / John Worthington, ITC / Prof Peter Mackie, ITS, University of Leeds / Martin Revill, JMP Consultants Ltd / Alan Beswick, JMP Consultants Ltd / Joe Holyoak, Joe Holyoak Architects / Hiro Aso, John McAslan and Partners / Dr Fiona Ferbrache, Keble College, Oxford University / Richard Threlfall, KPMG / Prof Rachel Cooper, Lancaster University / Prof Elizabeth Shove, Lancaster University / John McNulty, LCR / Selina Mason, LDA Design / Philip Crabtree, Leeds City Council / Andrew Hall, Leeds City Council / Elizabeth Hunter, Leeds City Council / Kevin Grady, Leeds Civic Trust / David Lumb, Leeds Sustainable Development Group, Architecture519 / David Joy, London and Continental / Clive Dutton OBE, London Borough of Newham / Murray Woodburn, London Borough of Newham / David Leam, London First / Kathryn Firth, London Legacy Development Corporation / Max Nathan, LSE / Prof Henry Overman, LSE / Tony Travers, LSE London / John Twigg, Manchester Airport Group / Emma Antrobus, Manchester Chamber of Commerce / Patricia Bartoli, Manchester City Council / Richard Elliott, Manchester City Council / Cllr Andrew Fender, Manchester City Council / Cllr Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council / Darren Kirkman, Merseytravel / David Hoggarth, Metro / James Angus, Network Rail / Ana Chan, Network Rail / David Harding, Network Rail / Manjari McCauley, Network Rail / John Helm, New Transit / Susan Williams, North West Rail / Chris Wragg, Northamptonshire County Council / Dr John Disney, Nottingham Business School / Sue Flack, Nottingham City Council / Cllr Jane Urquhart, Nottingham City Council / Joe Grice, Office for National Statistics / Dr Tim Marshall, Oxford Brookes University / Paul Watson, Paul Watson: Strategic Advice / Helen Bowkett, Former Peter Brett Associates / Ruth Jeffs, Peter Brett Associates / Nicola Kane, Peter Brett Associates / Scott Witchalls, Peter Brett Associates / Keith Mitchell, Peter Brett Associates / Malcolm Allan, Place Matters / Prof Stephen Glaister, RAC Foundation / Jonathan Cheetham, Retail BID, Birmingham / Richard Blyth, Royal Town Planning Institute / Prof Richard Knowles, Salford University / Dr Andrew Quinn, School of Civil Engineering University of Birmingham / Christophe Bayle, SEMAPA / Emmanuel de Lanversin, SemPariSeine / Simon Green, Sheffield City Council / Jen Rickard, Sheffield City Council / Graeme Clark, Siemens / Matthias Maier, Siemens AG / John Pounder, SKM / Koen van Lancker, SNCB Europe / Michel Jadot, SNCB Europe / Dominique Laousse, SNCF / José Vilaplana, SNCF / Ken Harrison, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council / South Yorkshire PTE / Anna Rose, Space Syntax / Tim Stonor, Space Syntax / Hannah Capek, Steer Davies Gleave / John Swanson, Steer Davies Gleave / Paul Hildreth, SURF Salford University / Joylon Drury, Surge Logistics Consultants / David Hall, SusTrans / Prof Peter Bishop, The Bartlett, UCL / Tom Bolton, The Bartlett, UCL / Prof Matthew Carmona, The Bartlett, UCL / Dr Chia-Lin Chen, The Bartlett, UCL / Prof Sir Peter Hall, The Bartlett, UCL / Biljana Savic, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust / Jon Lamonte, Transport for Greater Manchester / Dave Newton, Transport for Greater Manchester / Michael Colella, Transport for London / Michèle Dix, Transport for London / Richard McGreevy, Transport for London / Gordon Stokes, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford / Chris Dale, Travelwatch NW / John Moorhouse, Travelwatch NW / Prof Brian Collins, UCL / Jackie Sadek, UK Regeneration / Vincent Goodstadt, University of Manchester / Prof Simon Guy, University of Manchester / Prof Joe Ravetz, University of Manchester / Nigel Hugill, Urban and Civic / John Dales, Urban Movement / Henk Bouwman, Urban-imPulse / Dr Nicholas Falk, Urbed / Claire Durkin, URS / Paul Buchanan, Volterra Partners / Bridget Rosewell, Volterra Partners / Christian Bocci, Weston Williamson + Partners / Lydia Barnstable, Wolverhampton City Council / Eric Willett, York University / Samuel Fisher, Yorkshire for HS3 / Margie Caust / David Thrower


Written by beleben

November 20, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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