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Birmingham Post HS2 wish-list extract

Birmingham Post HS2 wish-list extract

Rail “watchdog” Transport Focus (formerly Passenger Focus) has “revealed key items which future users of HS2 between Birmingham and London want to see”, the Birmingham Post reported. (At the time of writing, the Transport Focus website does not appear to carry details of this research.)

[HS2 wish list drawn up for new rail route, 23 June 2015]

Trains on the £50 billion HS2 high-speed line between Birmingham and London should have on-board GPs, shops and gyms, according to a ‘wish list’ drawn up by passengers.

The ideas for HS2, whose first phase will run between Birmingham and the capital from 2026, came from a panel of 40 passengers selected by rail customer watchdog Transport Focus.

[…] As well as the GPs, shops and gyms, the panel wanted to see different levels of comfort reflected in differing prices, fares “affordable to the masses” and tickets which included all modes of transport such as buses and taxis.

Passengers also said they would like to see showers and sleeping facilities and GPS-enabled mobile app directions so passengers can find their seats easily along with other suggestions.

[…] HS2 technical director Professor Andrew McNaughton added: “HS2 will transform long-distance rail travel in the UK and that’s why it’s so important that we listen to what passengers want.

“Today’s report will help us focus on the issues that matter.”

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June 23, 2015 at 8:23 am

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