Better connecting Toton
According to the High Speed Rail Leaders twitter, the HS2 network would mean 18 GB cities ‘better connected’.
But their map (above) shows just six unlabelled nodes.
The node in the East Midlands – Toton – is not a city.
In the North West, one might argue that Liverpool ought to feature on a map of HS2.
But it would be served only by ‘classic compatible’ trains from London (not from Birmingham).
In Yorkshire and the Humber, HS2 would not connect Sheffield to York, Sheffield to Leeds, or York to Leeds.
Clearly, HS2 is not about better connecting cities to each other.
It is about connecting 3 regional cities – Leeds, Manchester, and Birmingham – to London. And property development in London.
Accommodating traffic from the HS2 eastern leg provides the pretext for the land grab, outside the existing station footprint, at Euston.