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West Midlands metro mayor and Oakervee HS2 ‘reviewer’ Andy Street says supporters of the planned HS2 high speed rail line are ‘losing the argument’, Birmingham Live reported.

[West Midlands Mayor Andy Street says HS2 needs a new name and trains from Birmingham to Paris, Jonathan Walker | Political Editor | Birmingham Live | 00:01, 20 NOV 2019 – apparently based on an article by Mr Street in The Times, 20 Nov 2019]

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has warned that supporters of the HS2 high speed rail line “are losing the battle for hearts and minds” – and called for trains to run directly from Birmingham to Paris.
[…]
Mr Street also criticised designs for the two planned HS2 stations at Curzon Street, central Birmingham, and near Birmingham Airport. He said they have “all the quirkiness and charm of Stansted airport’s baggage drop-off area,” and called for “some architectural and regeneration magic” instead.

And he said the HS2 name was putting people off […]

“The name completely misses the point about the benefits for everyday local commuters”.

“Benefits for everyday local commuters” (?)

SLC Rail, Coventry - Birmingham timetable structure in 2013

High Speed Two would release virtually no capacity between Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International, and Coventry.

If HS2 were built, the legacy two-track line via Stechford and Hampton in Arden would still need to accommodate fast and stopping passenger services, as well as freight.

Because they link central Birmingham, Elmdon airport, and central Coventry, the existing ‘fast trains’ to London are actually part of the ‘local service’. Removing such trains from the classic line would not be a desirable objective.

Centro, Coventry line HS2 connectivity, 2014

Written by beleben

November 20, 2019 at 11:31 am

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