Monthly Archives: September 2012

Congestion is proving costly for Birmingham businesses – we need HS2

Congestion causing rising costs and unacceptable delays Birmingham businesses are suffering unacceptable delays and rising costs caused by congestion, according to a Chamber of Commerce survey. Delays were increasing costs for 61 per cent of respondents to the survey with … Continue reading

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How HS2 can help to deliver low-carbon transport

High-speed rail reduces carbon emmissions ‘If HS2 was available for use today, the carbon emissions arising from making a trip by high-speed rail (HSR) would be 73% lower than making the equivalent journey by car and 76% lower than flying.’ … Continue reading

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Letters to the editor – Capacity case for HS2 has been reinforced

Letter to the editor A letter follows, sent to the Solihull News: Dear Sir/Madam, In this week’s Solihull News Heart of England High Speed Action Group chairman Richard Lloyd wrote that we can ‘thank First Group and the Olympics for … Continue reading

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Examining the ‘alternative’ to HS2 in the West Midlands – part two

HS2 ‘alternative’ examined The second part of rail analyst William Barter’s post examining 51M’s alternative plans for the West Midlands. But what could happen if a practical timetabler tried to make something of their plans? There are now some crucial … Continue reading

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Examining the 51M ‘alternative’ to HS2 in the West Midlands – part one

HS2: Looking at the ‘alternative’ The 51M alternative to HS2 is examined in the following guest post from rail analyst William Barter. What “alternative” to HS2 in the West Midlands? 51M have presented a diagram said to be an “Illustrative … Continue reading

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