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Spend another £43 billion to make the most of HS2, says John Armitt

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People reaching the end of their journey on the HS2 railway would in many cases face inadequate public transport links, suggested John Armitt, chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), as he claimed that “to get the biggest bang for our buck”, £43 billion extra needs to be spent on something or other.

John Armitt: 'HS2 local links inadequate', Telegraph, August 2018

John Armitt Telegraph article, 5 Aug 2018, via @andrew_adonis

NIC’s July 2018 National Infrastructure Assessment recommended “a boost in funding for major cities totalling £43 billion to 2040”, with mayors and city leaders developing “long-term strategies for transport, employment and housing in their areas”.

Successive mayors may not share the same ideas about transport, employment and housing, so a stable ‘long-term strategy’ might prove difficult to sustain. The power imbalance in the elected mayoralty system tends to lead to the pursuit of vanity projects, such as Boris Johnson’s cable car and garden bridge, and Andy Street’s airport tramway.

Written by beleben

August 5, 2018 at 2:46 pm

Posted in HS2

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  1. Might I suggest that had this project been properly scoped, reviewed and prepared for in the correct order for a competent project – of whatever type – then it woiyld have been assembled as a holistic strategy, with the connecting infrastructure elements perhaps built in advance as corridors to supply/remove materials, and other elements completed & commissioned to be delivering early returns to offset costs etc…..


    August 5, 2018 at 3:37 pm

  2. Surely Sir John should have said that hs2 should be redesigned to connect with local infrastructure


    August 7, 2018 at 1:09 pm

  3. He also should have said that expensive,additional local infrastructure is necessary as passengers will need to get to an hs2 station for inter city travel when inter city trains are removed from the existing network


    August 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm

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