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The strategic objectives of HS2, part two

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Part one

The HS2 project was established by Andrew Adonis in 2009. What its strategic objectives were at that time, is unclear.

So far as can be established, the HS2 scheme came first, with its strange strategic objectives following much later.

Can anyone find an earlier reference to them, than October 2013?

HS2’s Strategic Objectives [Oct 2013]

Government has identified two principal objectives for High Speed rail, as set out in the Strategic Case, published in October 2013, as follows:

* The capacity objective is to create sufficient capacity to provide for long term demand for rail travel and improve rail network resilience and reliability, ensuring that people and goods are able to make the journeys they want.

* The connectivity objective is to improve journey times, making travel quicker, easier, more punctual and more convenient for people and goods, including supporting end-to-end journeys with effective integration and interchange between transport modes and with good connections, including with major airports, for international travel.


Written by beleben

July 24, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Posted in HS2

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  1. Adding to your question, the public sector doesn’t allow major instructions like that to be issued without the terms and parameters and budget first being signed-off at a very senior policy level and budget-authority level.

    Michael Wand

    July 24, 2015 at 1:16 pm

  2. Some history here. I don’t think anyone could call it a strategy.

    Delivering a Sustainable Railway, White Paper, 2007-07-24

    Summary as pdf

    Transport Select Committee 10th report of session 2007-2008
    Delivering a Sustainable Railway: a 30 year strategy 2008-07-16

    The 30 year strategy lasted less than 2 years when HS2 sprang into life under Lord Adonis. It appears he set the agenda without considering parameters or budget.

    A useful summary of early events including links to two Adonis letters is contained in Peter Delow’s blog HS2 and the Environment

    Britain’s Transport Infrastructure, DfT, January 2009

    Transport Select Committee Report of Session 2010-2012 Britain’s Transport Infrastructure

    High Speed Two, White Paper, Cmnd 7827, March 2010


    July 24, 2015 at 9:05 pm

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