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A classic example of a politically-led project

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Transport for The North’s ‘Northern Powerhouse Rail’ is a classic example of a politically-led project in which rational considerations have been over-ridden, according to rail consultant Paul Salveson.

Paul Salveson, HS2, should it survive?, 16 Jan 2019

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January 21, 2019 at 12:37 pm

Posted in HS2, Leeds, Manchester, Politics

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  1. Like Paul Salveson, I don’t see the benefit to the UK economy of an HS2 that adds central Birmingham to the one-hour commuter catchment of the London colossus. But, nor do I see how the existing cross-Pennine rail routes can be de-kinked enough, cheaply enough, to persuade HM Treasury that this would speed the growth of a cross-Pennine economy centred on Manchester, Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield. Nor is the idea of a cross-Pennine multi-upgrade simple and politically glamorous. The visionaries who gave us HS2 were London-centric and played to a London-centric audience. My own Northern Cities Crossrail scheme of five years ago recognised all this and may have had the right name but, removed from London, failed on cost. Not so Crossrail 2, eh?

    hsnorthstart

    January 22, 2019 at 10:55 am


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