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HS3 sucks, says Mick Cash

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HS3 is a ‘costly distraction’ and would suck essential funds from badly run northern lines, RMT general secretary Mick Cash warned (Morning Star, 3 Nov 2014).

[Mick Cash]

[…] My union has led the fight for expansion and modernisation of rail services in the north.

So it is galling in the extreme to watch this government and the mysterious local government outfit Rail North unveil plans for a new HS3 high-speed east-west rail service across northern England while plotting to axe jobs and services under new franchises for the area.

These are the very same bodies threatening to devastate jobs and services through the new Northern and Trans-Pennine Express (TPE) franchises.

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Written by beleben

November 23, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. If HS3 turns out to be a 39-mile link between Manchester Victoria and Leeds, Mr Cash and RMT ought to have another look at it. It would fast-connect the rail networks of east Lancs and West Yorks, take half an hour out of rail journeys across the Pennines and open up a Northern Cities Crossrail connecting Liverpool in the west to York and Hull in the east. Long overdue electrification of more of this Crossrail’s east-west lines would become inevitable and cut train times still further. A north-south extension would add Bradford and Sheffield to it:

    http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/economic-affairs-committee/the-economic-case-for-hs2/written/15173.html

    The cities fast-connected by this crossrail would form a central northern economy half as big again as Birmingham, well-removed from the London mega-magnet to the South. If built before HS2 it would help ease the North South Divide where HS2 and London-first risk setting it in stone:

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

    Michael Wand

    November 24, 2014 at 9:41 am


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