HS2 Letter to the editor
This letter from Go-HS2 was published today in response to last week’s Birmingham Post column on HS2 by Russell Luckock
In the Post (July 26) Russell Luckock mentions saving a ‘mere 20 minutes’ per journey on HS2. The time saving is, in fact, 38 minutes between Birmingham and London.
Of course, this is not just about London. Birmingham to Manchester journeys would be cut from 1h 31m to 41m. Birmingham to Leeds would be halved from two hours to 57m.
But it is too simplistic to argue HS2 is only about time savings for our region. It is about bringing much-needed capacity to our overcrowded railways.
Passenger levels have doubled in a decade in the West Midlands and nationally we are experiencing year-on-year rises of six per cent.
We now have as many people travelling on our railways as we did in the 1920s, but only half the rail network we had back then.
Building HS2 brings high speed links between our regions but also releases capacity for local, regional and freight services, many of which may be threatened as overcrowding increases and choices have to be made about which services are prioritised.