International call

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I DON'T see why they can't incorporate the HS2 rail link into the international rail network.

It is only eight miles from Brookmans Park to the Eurostar line without even coming into St Pancras. I imagine being able to get a through train from York to Barcelona, Naples or even Istanbul. Then when the wars in Afghanistan and other parts of Africa are over, Cape Town and Shanghai.

The cost and the size of our country means we have to broaden our horizons and be part of the European and eventually international rail network right up to North Scotland.

Robert D Greaves, Alder Way, New Earswick, York.

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3:20pm Thu 7 Feb 13

pedalling paul says...

Platform 1 at Leeds station was originally intended to be used for a regular "north of London" Eurostar service. And a fleet of international sleeping cars were built but never used here. I recall that they all got shipped abroad to Canada or somerwhere similar.
Platform 1 at Leeds station was originally intended to be used for a regular "north of London" Eurostar service. And a fleet of international sleeping cars were built but never used here. I recall that they all got shipped abroad to Canada or somerwhere similar. pedalling paul
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3:34am Fri 8 Feb 13

Magicman! says...

We could also add in the question "why aren't the 3 sections of HS2 (London-Birmingham, Birmingham-York/Leed
s, Birmingham-Mancheste
r/Wigan) all being built at the same time, starting from their extreme ends and all working towards Birmingham?".... there seems to be a few things not being properly thought through with this.
We could also add in the question "why aren't the 3 sections of HS2 (London-Birmingham, Birmingham-York/Leed s, Birmingham-Mancheste r/Wigan) all being built at the same time, starting from their extreme ends and all working towards Birmingham?".... there seems to be a few things not being properly thought through with this. Magicman!
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12:09pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Stevie D says...

Realistically, just how demand do you think there would be? Look at the number of flights from, let's say, Leeds-Bradford to each of those places, and consider how much bigger and slower trains will be (meaning they need to attract more passengers to fill them up to a worthwhile level, but won't be as attractive because they will take so much longer). The figures just don't stack up.
Realistically, just how demand do you think there would be? Look at the number of flights from, let's say, Leeds-Bradford to each of those places, and consider how much bigger and slower trains will be (meaning they need to attract more passengers to fill them up to a worthwhile level, but won't be as attractive because they will take so much longer). The figures just don't stack up. Stevie D
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