Misleading myths about HS2
It’s disappointing that Cheryl Gillan MP’s piece in the Sunday Telegraph has repeated a misleading myth about HS2 and Birmingham.
The article begins:
“If the rail fare rises have made your eyes water, wait until you start paying the costs of the Labour-initiated folly HS2 – the leviathan scheme to take a few minutes off the time of a journey to Birmingham…….”
This is simply not true but it’s an oft-repeated myth from HS2 opponents.
HS2 will not ‘take a few minutes’ from the journey time, rather 35-40 minutes.
The journey times from London to Birmingham will be cut from 1h 24m to around 45m. This is hardly ‘shaving a few minutes’ as opponents often claim.
HS2 in the city centre
The same piece makes the claim HS2 will not even connect with Birmingham city centre, but this is entirely false.
The HS2 station will be at Moor Street (see above). Moor Street station is next door to the Bullring and within five minutes walk of New Street station.
Interestingly, critics of HS2 have been quick to point out the continuing growth – and their belief it offers potential as a HS2 alternative – of Chiltern’s service from Snow Hill and Moor Street.
So, it would seem Moor Street can be distant or close to Birmingham city centre depending on the argument opponents are making at the time.
HS2 opponents have repeatedly made these claims, including telling BBC’s Inside Out that HS2 was half an hour away from New Street!
Tim Fenton has also summarised his observations on the Telegraph story at his blog Zelo Street.
Finally, we should note that, similarly to Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant, Cheryl Gillan MP supports high speed rail, but not the proposed route of HS2.