Linking Liverpool with HS2, part four
On 3 March, the publicly-funded HS2 Linking Liverpool PR campaign announced that ‘High Speed Rail proposals put forward by Liverpool City Region will deliver a £10 billion boost to the local economy’, according to a new report ‘released’ on that day.
At the time of writing, the ‘new report’ was not available on the ‘Linking Liverpool’ website. However, a Steer Davies Gleave report dated July 2014, was available.
The July 2014 report stated that building a high speed line into Liverpool could reduce the ‘best’ time to London by 24 minutes, to 72 minutes, and result in a Gross Value Added uplift of £459 million (see ‘Increase in GVA’ in Table 1 above). The Linking Liverpool campaign attempted to portray the uplift as £8,342 million, and now they are saying £10,000 million.
Linking Liverpool are continuing to claim there are tens of thousands of people who can’t be bothered to visit the city now, but who would visit if the (London) journey time was all of 24 minutes shorter. Altogether, these ‘easily distracted’ visitors would make three quarters of a million trips to Liverpool.
So, the usual crazy nonsense. In the view of the Beleben blog, the capital cost of extending HS2 into Liverpool Lime Street would be around £4,000 million. If the Liverpool HS2 spur was also used to run ‘HS3’ trains to Manchester, there would be further costs on top.