Osborne in the FT:
"... (the Northern Powerhouse) wants the government to commit to building high-speed rail links across the north — from Liverpool to Hull, starting with the line across the Pennines. Northern Powerhouse Rail, or HS3, must be included in the next stage of the government’s high-speed network.
Specifically, ministers should include the planning for the future connections when they set out the design for Phase 2b of HS2 later this year, remodelling four junctions to ensure they are complimentary with the Northern Powerhouse Rail proposals, start the detailed planning work on the line itself and allocate a long-term capital budget.
This new railway would transform the northern economy. It would bring 7m extra people — and three times the number of businesses — within a 90-minute journey time of one of the northern cities.
It will not be cheap — I have seen estimates of about £7bn for the Pennine construction — but such investment would be spread over many years and the transport budget was set to accommodate both this and other key projects, such as Crossrail 2."
Democratic dissent is not disloyalty, it is a positive civic duty
Maybe the Northern Powerhouse railway will come about (if a railway contractor csn be found).
GJT. If they can find a contractor who remains solvent. Stewart
Wolmar compares HS2 with Crossrail.
"Beyond HS2" from Greengauge 21.
Probably lots that's wrong but at least it takes a national overview that includes something resembling a regional development policy.
I would suggest that Trans-Pennine connections will help the economy more that HS2.
That's in there, along with suggestions on "the Euston problem" and "the Heathrow problem" that aren't yet right in current HS2 plans.
We've just received a letter informing us that they will be performing an archeological survey which may affect us. The map showing the area is so badly printed we can't figure out where the site is. It must be a conspiracy!
I've never understood the lack of interconnection between different forms of transport in the UK.
HS2 continues this trend, passing by Heathrow (with an optional phase 2 connection), passing right underneath East Midlands airport in a tunnel with no station at that airport, and bypassing Birmingham.
Surely, if the Airports are connected together with a high speed link, they can act as relief for each other, and even, dare I add, allow the third runway for Heathrow to be at Birmingham or East Midlands.
I understand it, but it's awful. It would be good to have an integrated national transport policy, but even without that new builds should get this right. And for HS2 I'd add a walking connection to HS1!
But the utterly incomprehensible decision was to bring HS2 into a different station.