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West Coast Main Line disruption stresses need for HS2 – part two

The second part of Alan Marshall’s two-part post on the West Coast Main Line and why HS2 is needed…. OHLE is nearly 50 years old — on a railway that was built 175 years ago We must wait to learn … Continue reading

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West Coast Main Line disruption stresses need for HS2 – part one

Railnews’ editorial director Alan Marshall argues the latest disruption on the West Coast Main Line has stressed the need for HS2 once more…… IT was another hugely frustrating weekend for travellers on Europe’s busiest trunk railway line — England’s West … Continue reading

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Geoff Inskip in Guardian online – HS2 re-balances our economy

Earlier this month the Guardian published a comment piece from John Whitelegg claiming HS2 was a waste of money.  We responded in a piece published today on Guardian’s Local Government network blog. HS2 will connect eight of our 10 largest … Continue reading

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Mr Redwood’s Diary – Why it’s wrong to base an argument on one journey

Tory MP John Redwood is wrong to base an argument on one journey Tory MP and former Welsh secretary John Redwood has criticised HS2 on a number of occasions and, in his recent diary piece, he has written about the … Continue reading

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One year on and phase 2 of HS2 set to be unveiled……

HS2 phase 2 soon to be unveiled It’s hard to believe a year has passed since former Transport Secretary Justine Greening visited Birmingham to discuss plans for HS2. The government confirmed its intention to build HS2 between London and Birmingham … Continue reading

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Cheryl Gillan’s opposition to HS2 is off the rails

HS2 attack was incorrect Alan Marshall responds to Cheryl Gillan’s criticism of HS2…… Cheryl Gillan’s rant in the Sunday Telegraph is quite without justification — and factually incorrect. She claims HS2 is a “Labour-initiated folly.”  But she should know better! … Continue reading

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Overcrowding on trains – looking at those figures

Crowded trains The latest figures on overcrowding on trains may not come as a surprise to commuters on Britain’s increasingly busy rail network. Gwyn Topham observed in the Guardian: ‘Three London Midland evening rush-hour trains from Euston to Birmingham on … Continue reading

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Dinner with the Stephensons – part one

A dinner that took place 175 years ago this Sunday is a welcome reminder of the challenges facing railway engineers past and present, writes Alan Marshall in the first of a festive two-part post.   A festive feast with historic … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Maintaining the West Coast Main Line, part 2

The WCML maintenance challenge The second part of Alan Marshall’s blog post looking at the difficulties of maintaining the West Coast Main Line examines problems at the southern end of the route. Looking further ahead, it is clear from Chris … Continue reading

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The challenge of maintaining the West Coast Main Line

The battle to keep the West Coast Main Line operating Since this article was written there have been further problems on the West Coast Main Line (December 12) between Rugby and Northampton causing major delays for passengers.  HS2 opponents would … Continue reading

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