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Avoiding the Ebbsfleet scenario

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Solihull council’s latest “HS2 Growth Strategy” presentation sets out its plans to hack away at the Meriden Gap. As well as the usual dreadful localgovspeak, the presentation mentions the ambition to avoid ‘the Ebbsfleet scenario’.

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Written by beleben

April 2, 2015 at 10:10 am

Posted in Birmingham, HS2

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  1. I reckon Solihull would be about 55 mins by HS2 from Euston. Wouldn’t that make it a London commuter town?

    Michael Wand

    April 2, 2015 at 1:12 pm

  2. Precious little about the companies they hope to attract to Solihull or how. They’ll end up with a housing estate in the green belt & some offices so it qualifies as a mixed-use development. Like everyone else.

    Commuting to London (which you don’t want – it wastes resource): fares rather than travel time will decide.

    Mike

    April 3, 2015 at 9:55 am

  3. If you were seriously doing some new development, you’d probably start with a completely new axis local rail service – perhaps to Redditch and Tamworth. Nothing about that is mentioned but ‘multi storey car parks. Road reliance did not work for Texas cities so why should it for Solihull ?

    John

    April 3, 2015 at 8:23 pm

  4. Anyone know what they mean by ‘the Ebbsfleet scenario’?

    Michael Wand

    April 4, 2015 at 9:32 am

    • It could be a reference to developmental failure. In March 2015, the government announced up to £200 million extra funding for Ebbsfleet.

      But judging by Solihull council’s presentation, UKCentral would also seem to require high levels of government funding.

      beleben

      April 4, 2015 at 11:02 am


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