Monthly Archives: July 2012

It’s misleading to focus just on phase one, says HS2 chief

Alison Munro, chief executive of HS2 Ltd, has told the Financial Times (July 27) it is misleading for people to focus solely on the London-West Midlands phase of HS2. ‘The proposition is to go to Manchester and Leeds,’ she said. … Continue reading

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Good news for those attending the Olympics, but not for HS2 critics

News that there will be more seats on trains for the Olympics is great, but it is a false dawn for HS2 opponents claiming this means we can easily solve our capacity problems. Shortly after the Express & Star published … Continue reading

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Oh Doctor Beeching! – How we could use that capacity today – part 2

Oh Doctor Beeching! We needed that capacity The second part of Alan Marshall’s guest blog looks at how much rail the UK has lost, despite passenger numbers continuing to rise. HISTORY shows that as car ownership became more popular in … Continue reading

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Oh Doctor Beeching! – How we could use that capacity today – part 1

Oh Doctor Beeching!  Almost 50 years on from the Beeching cuts, Railnews Editorial Director Alan Marshall examines the impact of those closures and the repercussions for today’s travellers in the first of a two-part post. Oh, Dr Beeching — you … Continue reading

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Who says HS2 is ‘hoovering up’ all the funding?

Today brings great news for UK railways with the announcement that more than £9 billion is being spent on upgrades across England and Wales. The investment will deliver faster journey times, more reliable services and capacity for 140,000 extra daily … Continue reading

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The West Midlands is already working to maximise the benefits of HS2

The following article about HS2 and the West Midlands features in the latest House magazine. The Transport Secretary has made it absolutely clear that HS2 will go ahead and this is tremendous news for the West Midlands. It is only right … Continue reading

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Only HS2 can help train performance improve significantly on the WCML – part two

Railnews Editorial Director Alan Marshall concludes his guest post arguing only HS2 can help train performance improve significantly on the WCML. The WCML is, after all, the busiest mixed traffic trunk route in Europe. And the work concluded in 2008 … Continue reading

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