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Build HS2 to expand air travel

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Jim Steer’s Greengauge 21 lobbying used to stress the value of high speed rail for ‘reducing aviation emissions’.

But Mr Steer’s High Speed Railway Industry Leaders Group appears to support aviation expansion, through airport high speed rail.

[Birmingham Airport expansion ‘being considered’ by Prime Minister Tamlyn Jones, Birmingham Post, 13 Sep 2016]

Twitter account of @railleaders promoting story about HS2 aiding Birmingham airport expansion

An expanded Birmingham Airport is being considered by Prime Minister Theresa May as a way to tackle the capital’s congestion in the skies, according to reports.

The Financial Times says Treasury Minister Jim O’Neill has urged Number 10 to consider the potential for growth at the airport once it is linked with London via high-speed rail line HS2.

Once up and running in 2026, journey times between the airport and and London are expected to be slashed to around 40 minutes [sic].
Lord O’Neill’s remit covers infrastructure and regional development and his intervention comes as the Cabinet decides whether to expand Heathrow or Gatwick.
Lord Davies eliminated Birmingham from his review at an early stage and argued there was not a strong case for expanding the airport.

His commission said in 2013 that Birmingham Airport would not be operating at capacity until the mid-2040s and its expansion would lead to an increase in noise for a relatively high number of people, the FT reported.

On 23 September, Lord O’Neill resigned from his ministerial post, and now sits as a crossbencher. But Theresa ‘may’ well end up handing Birmingham airport – and Heathrow – huge sums of public money.


Written by beleben

October 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Birmingham Airport is almost surrounded by development and the runway is at right angles to the prevailing wind. So you could buy a new house in the Green Belt near Birmingham Interchange and find yourself under a new flightpath. (2013 article). All that development should do wonders for the local road network.
    Why was Upper Heyford overlooked when it closed in the 90’s? M40, A43-A34 and Chiltern Line adjacent. Milton Keynes 25 miles, Birmingam 50ml, London 65ml. Not good for those living in Ardley though!


    October 18, 2016 at 7:45 pm

  2. Do you not just have to admire HS2’s conceptualised concepts? Who would have imagined there was so much space for carparks in the bit of green belt around the airport and NEC? Where is the monorail going to/from? Station the length of two carriages and no bus shelters visible, with only one direct slip-road in and none out, it’s going to be as much fun as using Birmingham Airport itself. Still, for some, it might make a good drop off / pick up point for the airport, rather than the pig of an accessibility it enjoys today.


    October 21, 2016 at 11:26 am

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