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How would HS2 ‘improve links between the north’s major cities’?

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Transport for the North must become “the client and guiding mind for HS2 in the north of England”, according to Greengauge 21 (Jim Steer).

[High Speed in the North of England, Greengauge 21, 1 November, 2016]

The HS2 project is now recognised as having multiple functions, including improving links between the north’s major cities, as well as to/from London. Decisions about how and when to implement HS2 in the north, including developing service plans and providing for access to HS2 stations, must be recognised as a core part of Transport for the North’s transport strategy.

“Multiple functions”?

“Improving links between the north’s major cities”?

The HS2 network diagram in the October 2016 'Taking root' report showed neither Crewe nor Sheffield as having 'HS2 stations'

The HS2 network diagram in the October 2016 ‘Taking root’ report showed neither Crewe nor Sheffield as having ‘HS2 stations’

As can be seen in the diagram from the October 2016 ‘Taking root’ report (above), the HS2 ‘M18 route’ provides no connection between Leeds and Sheffield. The first stop south of Leeds would either be a parkway somewhere east of Rotherham, or a parkway somewhere west of Nottingham. There would be no city stop anywhere on the entire HS2 journey between Leeds and London.

On the western leg, plans for a Crewe ‘hub station with 360-degree connectivity’ seem to have hit the buffers. The ‘Taking root’ report showed the Crewe HS2 stop as having no more status than Sheffield Midland station. HS2’s first stop south of Manchester would be the parkway west of Ringway airport, and there would be no city stop anywhere on the entire HS2 journey between Manchester and London.

So much for HS2 “improving links between the north’s major cities”.

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Written by beleben

November 2, 2016 at 10:22 am

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  1. My word, it looks even more like a London-think scheme than before. When HS2 was first announced, I mapped out a North-start alternative to HS2, assuming only HS1 domestic speeds and classic compatible trains. Here is my Plan B in 2014: http://www.infrastructure-intelligence.com/article/dec-2014/case-building-hs3-hs2
    The 2014 map is overdue for some updates. It no longer has a new section south through Meadowhall and I call the east-west system the Northern Cities Crossrail.
    A review of HS2, please, Mr Grayling.

    Michael Wand

    November 2, 2016 at 11:41 am

    • A quick scan of some of Tuesday’s releases suggests the lack of connectivity is even worse than the diagram implies. The new “spur” to Sheffield only goes a fraction of the way. The nearest high speed station to Sheffield is Leeds in the north and Toton in the south, which is in turn 7 miles from Nottingham and 11 miles from Derby. And it now seems there will be no stop at Manchester airport unless the funds come from elsewhere.

      Richard Wolfe

      November 17, 2016 at 9:44 am


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