Go-HS2 delighted Transport Committee report outlines benefits for West Midlands

Centro chief exec Geoff Inskip

Centro chief executive Geoff Inskip said he was delighted the Transport Committee’s report recognised that HS2 would deliver both economic and capacity benefits for the West Midlands.

“Right from the outset we’ve argued that there is a good business case for HS2 in the West Midlands based on the need to provide capacity, so it’s great to see the Committee conclude that HS2 will bring a step change in the capacity, quality, reliability and frequency of rail services between our major cities.

The West Midlands is at the heart of the high speed network bringing 22,000 jobs and £1.5bn per year to our region.

Mr Inskip said he was pleased the Transport Committee had also concluded that HS2 was affordable.

“Critics often point to the cost, but don’t mention that £2bn per year is currently being spent on Crossrail in London. This budget will transfer to HS2 on completion and benefit UK regions, not just the capital.”

Mr Inskip said the Committee understood that work should start between Birmingham and London, where capacity needs were greatest, but agreed that the route north of the West Midlands was vital.

“We’re keen to see HS2 built, but look forward to faster, direct connections with our friends in the north, as well as London and Europe,” he added.

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One Response to Go-HS2 delighted Transport Committee report outlines benefits for West Midlands

  1. I’m pleased to hear that the Transport Committee has given backing to HS2 but it is worth elaborating on one of their more negative points.

    They say that the carbon emissions reductions are marginal in the context of the London to Birmingham leg of the route. This is somewhat understandable as rail already has a large part of the market share on this route and there are no airlines flying between the two.

    However, if the UK extends high speed rail to Scotland and achieves a journey time of around 2 hours between, say, London and Edinburgh, the emissions benefits are significant. Today the rail/air market share is around 18/82% on this route, with over 600,000 people a month choosing to fly between London and Scotland. High speed rail can more than reverse this market share and the carbon savings then become significant. HSR must achieve these passenger numbers in order to amortise construction emissions on a per passenger basis, but when it does then total emissions relative to air are up to 6 times lower over this route.

    For more information please see our report at http://is.gd/JsEAwq

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