Monthly Archives: February 2013

West Midlands must be served by direct high speed rail services to Europe, says transport leader

The West Midlands must be served by direct high speed rail services to Europe if it is to take full advantage of the tremendous opportunity HS2 brings, says the chairman of the region’s transport authority. Cllr John McNicholas, chairman of … Continue reading

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Geoff Inskip in Guardian online – HS2 re-balances our economy

Earlier this month the Guardian published a comment piece from John Whitelegg claiming HS2 was a waste of money.  We responded in a piece published today on Guardian’s Local Government network blog. HS2 will connect eight of our 10 largest … Continue reading

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Letters to the editor – West Midlands is at the heart of HS2, not ‘bypassed’

The following letter was published by the Birmingham Post today (Feb 14) in response to a published letter from Roger Ellis (Feb 7) expressing concern that high speed rail would bypass Birmingham. Dear Sir, I can offer reassurance in response to … Continue reading

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HS2 – Frequency of Birmingham services

Frequency of high-speed services: HS2 will run up to 14 trains per hour in each direction for Phase One, rising to 16 (or 18 with Heathrow services) for Phase Two. Stopping Patterns  are to be determined but HS2 Ltd’s Initial … Continue reading

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HS2 – Journey times from Birmingham

Following Monday’s announcement of HS2 phase 2 here are the proposed stations and journey times from Birmingham: Phase One – London to Birmingham and Lichfield junction (140-mile), with stations planned at: London Euston Old Oak Common (11-minute link to Heathrow) … Continue reading

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