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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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The Challenge of Maintaining the West Coast Main Line, part 2

The WCML maintenance challenge The second part of Alan Marshall’s blog post looking at the difficulties of maintaining the West Coast Main Line examines problems at the southern end of the route. Looking further ahead, it is clear from Chris … Continue reading

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No Go-Slow for HS2 – part three

In the final post Alan Marshall looks at the M1 ‘alternative’ and makes a brief comparison of HS1 and HS2. M1 alignment at 300km/h — ‘substantially more complicated’ London-Birmingham journey time would be 55 minutes. As with the M40 corridor, … Continue reading

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No Go-Slow for HS2 – part two

No Go-Slow for HS2 The alternative M40 route In the second and third part of this post Alan Marshall looks at the alternative routes examined, with specific reference to speed. In recent days opponents have attacked the business case for … Continue reading

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No Go-Slow for HS2

No Go-Slow for HS2 In the first of a two-part post Alan Marshall examines claims made (ahead of this week’s Judicial Review) that the top speed of HS2 could be reduced.  ON the day before a series of judicial reviews … Continue reading

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HS2 is key to boosting economic performance in our regions

Rail passenger figures pointed to end of double-dip recession — and need for HS2 to reduce London’s economic dominance Railnews editorial director Alan Marshall takes a timely look at HS2 and our regions SO, technically, one of Britain’s worst double-dip … Continue reading

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Transport transformation – what might the future be? – part 2

HS2 is part of the transport transformation — What might the future be? Railnews editorial director Alan Marshall concludes his two-part post examining the future for transport in the UK. THE Confederation of British Industry has proposed that road charging … Continue reading

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