On Monday (May 6) the Coventry Telegraph published a letter from MT Hancock of Wyken, Coventry, stating HS2 would not go to Birmingham and that journey times would not be reduced significantly.
Go-HS2 responded in a letter published in the Coventry Telegraph yesterday (May 9).
I write in response to MT Hancock’s letter of May 6 which incorrectly states HS2 will not go to Birmingham. The letter suggests the line will only go to Solihull and that passengers will have to change trains to reach Birmingham.
In fact, HS2 services will run from Moor Street, next to the Bullring in Birmingham city centre, with stops at Birmingham Interchange and Old Oak Common in west London before arriving at Euston.
The letter also states there will not be much of a time saving overall.
Again, this is not the case as journey times between Birmingham city centre and London will be reduced from around 1h 23m at present to a fastest time of 45 minutes.
Demand for rail continues to grow and HS2 also releases capacity on existing lines for more local, regional and freight services.