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Burnham Piccadilly bust-up threatens HS2 eastern leg

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HS2 East campaign IDDuring a “heated” behind-closed doors meeting of Transport for the North’s board in Leeds on 31 July, Manc metro mayor Andy Burnham “refused to back the decision to allow work to continue on HS2 based on the current design, which would allow the line to connect to NPR at six touch points across the North”.

[Exclusive: Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham’s bid for £6bn underground station could delay arrival of high speed rail in the North, Rob Parsons, Yorkshire Post, 9 August 2019]

TfN’s chairman John Cridland was forced to withdraw his officers’ recommendations and the matter will be discussed again at the next TfN board meeting in September.
It is now feared that a lack of agreement may potentially delay the Government’s plans for HS2 to be extended from the Midlands to Leeds and Manchester under Phase 2b of the controversial project, though TfN insists its work is not holding HS2 up.

The current plan is for the legislation to be placed before the Commons in June 2020, based on having a surface station at Piccadilly and an extra HS2 platform at Leeds station instead of a proposed ‘touchpoint’ south of the city where the two high speed lines would intersect.

Any major changes to the Bill would have to come via an ‘additional provision’ (AP), which takes months to prepare and develop.

A confidential TfN document seen by The Yorkshire Post says that a decision later than Summer 2019 “may not leave sufficient time” to develop an AP, potentially meaning the main HS2 Bill can’t be placed by June and jeopardising the promised arrival of the line in the North by 2033. […]

With Mr Burnham wanting through underground platforms at Piccadilly and prime minister Boris Johnson having talked up a new high speed line between Manchester and Leeds, it seems that the eastern leg of HS2 is losing support.

Written by beleben

August 12, 2019 at 9:25 am

Posted in Bizarre, HS2

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