The resurrection of HS3
In an interview for the Guardian, published on 8 February, Transport for the North (TfN) chief David Brown dismissed any suggestions that any new link across the Pennines could be called ‘HS3’.
TfN seems to have regarded the moniker ‘HS3’ as something of an embarrassment, and in its Spring 2016 strategy report, it did not appear once.
But in today’s National Adonis Infrastructure Commission “High Speed North” report, ‘HS3’ is mentioned 47 times.
One of the things not mentioned in “High Speed North” is exactly how spending billions of pounds on making the rail trip between Manchester and Leeds ten minutes shorter, would create an economic powerhouse in the North of England. But has the press and broadcast media noticed?
The NIC have also had Arup provide some of their best ‘crayonista’ ideas for linking HS2 and HS3. The company also came up with the ludicrous HS2 to HS1 connection concept (now dropped).