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Getting to Harrods ‘would be easier’

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Getting to Harrods from the Midlands would be easier if HS2 were built.” Perhaps not a sentiment one would expect the official ‘Business Birmingham’ twitter feed to be promoting. Because it’s supposed to support Birmingham’s businesses, including its retail businesses.


In reality, it’s unlikely that journeys from zone 3 London Underground stations to Harrods (i.e., Knightsbridge) would take longer than coming from Birmingham Airport. The HS2 station site at Bickenhill is 2 km from the airport, so there would be a minimum of three train rides involved.


Written by beleben

November 21, 2014 at 11:05 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Last Tuesday, the House of Lords Economic Affiairs Committee asked Emile Quinet, a French expert in High speed trains, several questions via video link. Parliament TV

    During the session at around 16:10 Lord May said:-

    “Admittedly I have a rather peculiar view because I like slow trips on trains because I can get work done without all the interference that is inflicted on me when I am in the office.”

    Quinet laughs

    Lord May
    “That wasn’t in my notes that I am supposed to ask!”

    More laughter.

    “Me also.”

    “But we have a different … it’s perhaps due to a different geography between France and the UK……

    …. before the high speed line, the travel to Lausanne took 6 hours, not exactly 6 hours, a bit less. While 3 or 3 and a half hours is a very good duration, 6 hours begins to be long. This point does not happen between, at least between London and Birmingham, which is almost, for France, it is almost urban, urban travel [laughs] due to the density between London and Birmingham.


    November 21, 2014 at 8:35 pm

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