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Better connecting Toton

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According to the High Speed Rail Leaders twitter, the HS2 network would mean 18 GB cities ‘better connected’.

Twitter @railleaders, '18 cities better connected with HS2'

A more accurate depiction of the currently proposed HS2 Y-network-with-separate-sheffield-serviceBut 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.


Written by beleben

October 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. I appreciate that we were probably on the cheese course when I finalised my plan of HS2 (cigi packet probably now in British Museum archive), but I don’t recall the Northern Hub being in Wensleydale.


    October 12, 2016 at 11:04 am

  2. The HS2 route may not directly connect the city centres of Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield, the central three in our northern economy; but it will directly connect the city centre of Birmingham into London’s one-hour rail commuter zone. Of course, HS2’s Euston terminus may not have a direct connection to London’s Crossrail distributor, or to Eurostar services at St Pancras or to that congested rail network south of the Thames; but hey, if you don’t factor in the interchange time disadvantages, you’ll be amazed how many centres will seem better connected by HS2, indirectly!

    Michael Wand

    October 12, 2016 at 11:58 am

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