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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.

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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.

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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 http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=16514

    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.

    Quinet
    “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.

    johnma

    November 21, 2014 at 8:35 pm


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