Benefits of HS2

Proposed HS2 station from rear of High Street

High Speed Rail will significantly reduce travel times between the UK’s major cities and provide international rail connections. This in turn will release huge capacity on the existing network. These benefits are not achievable by upgrading the existing network alone.

Although alternatives such as RP2 have been examined these do not meet the capacity requirements of the UK rail network. According to the Association of Train Operating Companies’ (ATOC) latest figures passenger levels are growing at 6% per year.

High Speed Rail is projected to generate significant local and national benefits, including:

  • Boosting the West Midlands’ economy by £4 billion.
  • Bringing more than 50,000 jobs to the region.
  • Up to 10,000 new construction jobs.
  • Up to 2,000 operational and maintenance jobs.
  • Travel time of 49 minutes between Birmingham and London from the current 85 minutes.
  • An increase in West Midlands GVA of almost six per cent by 2040.

Existing Rail Enhancements

The transfer of the majority of intercity services on to High Speed Rail will provide the once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the way people travel in the West Midlands and across the UK.

This provides capacity for new services from stations including Wolverhampton, Walsall, Coventry and Sandwell & Dudley.

At the same time, it will provide capacity for more rail freight, allowing the West Midlands to trade with the rest of the UK, Europe and the rest of world.

5 Responses to Benefits of HS2

  1. concerned person! says:

    By the time hs2 will be built, it’ll be outdated already!! What’s wrong with maglev systems etc? It seems so pointless building it using old equipment. I’m all in favour for more capacity and a faster service, but I’d rather wait longer for a really really good system (like a maglev) than wait for the current proposed HS2!!

    • gohs2 says:

      Yes, but it takes time to build major infrastructure. Planning and consultation has to take place and this is what the debate has been about. However, there are already services and carriages being added on the WCML to assist with overcrowding. But, in the long term, we have to address a rail market that has been growing at 6%pa for several years. Thanks for commenting. It certainly won’t be outdated. Look at France and Japan. Japan began building in the 1960s.

      • Matt says:

        Yes, look at France and China. If they were embarking on this project, they’d get it done quickly. 18 years to get to Manchester? Really? The first commenter has a good point. In 18 years time, things will have moved on considerably..

  2. 25 says:

    HS2 will NOT bring national benefits to the UK. Like every other infrastructure project that comes to mind, it will go over budget, forcing everyone to have to pay more… I live in Dundee, why would I want to pay for a stupid new high speed line that only goes to Birmingham, 400 miles from where I live. it will cause 18 years of disruption an the Camden area of London, as well as tearing up rural areas.

    • gohs2 says:

      HS2 will go to Edinburgh and Glasgow so it will benefit Scotland and Dundee in providing capacity and reducing journey times. It doesn’t stop at Birmingham. Also, the Forth Road crossing (or Crossrail in London) will not benefit taxpayers in Birmingham or Manchester directly but it is important and necessary these schemes go ahead providing UK-wide benefits.

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