HS2 chief's plans could hit north's Euro rail links, says York council leader

HS2 chief's plans could hit north's Euro rail links, says York council leader

HS2 chief's plans could hit north's Euro rail links, says York council leader

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RAIL travel between York and France will be "less attractive" if proposals by the £50 billion HS2 project's boss are followed through, the city's council leader has claimed.

Hopes of direct links between the city and the continent were revived last year following talks between City of York Council and other authorities on the East Coast Main Line, who want any new franchise for the route to allow Eurostar or other international rail firms to ultimately use it.

However, HS2 Ltd chairman Sir David Higgins has said the proposed link between the new high-speed route and the HS1 Channel Tunnel link should be reconsidered, potentially, meaning passengers from the north using Tube services between London stations to catch Eurostar trains.

York's council leader James Alexander said: “The suggestion HS2 platforms at Euston will instead be linked via the underground to the HS1 platforms at St Pancras naturally means rail travel between Europe and the north is a less attractive prospect than if it were a through service.

"However, we are continuing to work with colleagues across the East Coast Main Line to explore options and opportunities for links with European rail services as part of the national franchise process.”

Coun Alexander said Sir David's recommendation that work on HS2 from the north should start earlier and investment in existing lines in the Leeds City Region, which includes York, would boost the construction industry. However, he said: "I am concerned about investment for linking sections such as Church Fenton to York.

"I will be lobbying Government for this and for track-laying to start earlier along the east to bring quicker and greater economic growth for the whole of the north and Scotland, rather than just focusing largely on issues of congestion in the north-west."

He renewed his call for York to house the High Speed Rail College, which would bring up to 2,000 apprenticeships to the city and is being supported by The Press' On Track For York campaign.

Coun Alexander said York was the "ideal candidate" because of its rail industry, educational reputation and position on the rail network, making it "one of the most connected cities in the north".

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10:33am Sat 22 Mar 14

Thislittleold market town says...

What rail industry?
What rail industry? Thislittleold market town
  • Score: 5

10:42am Sat 22 Mar 14

lacypaperdevil says...

Such a new world problem.

I have never had any problems getting off train A, walking 150yards (assistance is available) across Pancras Road to the security gates of the Eurostar
Such a new world problem. I have never had any problems getting off train A, walking 150yards (assistance is available) across Pancras Road to the security gates of the Eurostar lacypaperdevil
  • Score: 2

11:58am Sat 22 Mar 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Is there anything that JA is not an expert on? Gordon Bennet
Is there anything that JA is not an expert on? Gordon Bennet TheTruthHurts
  • Score: -38

7:59pm Sat 22 Mar 14

sparkseffect says...

I have to confess that Mrs S and I usually load up the car, drive to Folkestone and use Eurotunnel to get to France, then continue our journey by Autoroute. We have been known to go by train - including a trip by a Eurostar "North of London" set from York to Kings Cross (anybody remember GNER?), underground to Waterloo (this was some time ago) then Eurostar to Brussels. These days, East Coast to Kings Cross, then cross the road to St Pancras then Eurostar is much easier. However, it's much quicker to drive to Yeadon then fly with Jet 2 - probably cheaper, too , unless you're one of the rapidly declining number of ex-BR staff with free passes. Budget airlines are the real reason why we never did get through trains to Europe (BR built a fleet of "Nightstar" trains which were never used, then sold to Canada for peanuts). Now, the German state-owned Deutsche Bahn has postponed its plans to run through trains from Germany to the UK. James, I know that Labour politicians know nothing about business, but please do come into the real world - there isn't a market for this unless the Government subsidises it. Oh, silly me, that's what you want, isn't it? Spend our money for us......
I have to confess that Mrs S and I usually load up the car, drive to Folkestone and use Eurotunnel to get to France, then continue our journey by Autoroute. We have been known to go by train - including a trip by a Eurostar "North of London" set from York to Kings Cross (anybody remember GNER?), underground to Waterloo (this was some time ago) then Eurostar to Brussels. These days, East Coast to Kings Cross, then cross the road to St Pancras then Eurostar is much easier. However, it's much quicker to drive to Yeadon then fly with Jet 2 - probably cheaper, too , unless you're one of the rapidly declining number of ex-BR staff with free passes. Budget airlines are the real reason why we never did get through trains to Europe (BR built a fleet of "Nightstar" trains which were never used, then sold to Canada for peanuts). Now, the German state-owned Deutsche Bahn has postponed its plans to run through trains from Germany to the UK. James, I know that Labour politicians know nothing about business, but please do come into the real world - there isn't a market for this unless the Government subsidises it. Oh, silly me, that's what you want, isn't it? Spend our money for us...... sparkseffect
  • Score: -31

10:30pm Sat 22 Mar 14

gwen4me says...

Who can afford train travel? Put two people ina car and you save a fortune.
Who can afford train travel? Put two people ina car and you save a fortune. gwen4me
  • Score: -57

12:45pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Ichabod76 says...

TheTruthHurts wrote:
Is there anything that JA is not an expert on? Gordon Bennet
Is there anything JA is an expert on ?

Maybe cameras but I doubt it !
[quote][p][bold]TheTruthHurts[/bold] wrote: Is there anything that JA is not an expert on? Gordon Bennet[/p][/quote]Is there anything JA is an expert on ? Maybe cameras but I doubt it ! Ichabod76
  • Score: -15

4:48pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Alf Garnett says...

Three points. The first is that the new terminus for HS2 is Euston, making the connection that bit more awkward . However (and second), people already use ordinary rail and Eurostar and will presumably continue to do so, making the cost factor irrelevant. There is another, that intercity air travel in France and between Paris and Brussels is virtually done. This was not foreseen when the first LGV was constructed to Lyon and is an unwonted bonus. Thus one can envisage a growing trans-channel market and a declining air sector for short haul flights. Obviously if one is going to drive, the most comfortable way from York is via P&O from Hull-Zeebrugge. 40 miles instead of nearly three hundred and virtually no difference in distance and driving time to central, eastern or south eastern France.
Three points. The first is that the new terminus for HS2 is Euston, making the connection that bit more awkward . However (and second), people already use ordinary rail and Eurostar and will presumably continue to do so, making the cost factor irrelevant. There is another, that intercity air travel in France and between Paris and Brussels is virtually done. This was not foreseen when the first LGV was constructed to Lyon and is an unwonted bonus. Thus one can envisage a growing trans-channel market and a declining air sector for short haul flights. Obviously if one is going to drive, the most comfortable way from York is via P&O from Hull-Zeebrugge. 40 miles instead of nearly three hundred and virtually no difference in distance and driving time to central, eastern or south eastern France. Alf Garnett
  • Score: 0

4:56pm Sun 23 Mar 14

piaggio1 says...

Yep. Codhead land to zeebruge.then down the A16 .easy.
And rail industry. ??????
We aint got one .its all in foreign hands.
Yep. Codhead land to zeebruge.then down the A16 .easy. And rail industry. ?????? We aint got one .its all in foreign hands. piaggio1
  • Score: -1

7:51am Mon 24 Mar 14

Kevin Turvey says...

Coun Alexander said
"I will be lobbying Government for this and for track-laying to start earlier along the east to bring quicker and greater economic growth for the whole of the north and Scotland, rather than just focusing largely on issues of congestion in the north-west."

With a request from someone held in such regard by the powers that be and indeed the public, I am sure they will change all of their plans now to accommodate your wishes!
Whilst you are having a word in ears, can you have a word with Putin and Hassad as there a few little problems that need to be resolved in Ukraine and Syria, only your intervention can sort it out!


‘TheTruthHurts says...
Is there anything that JA is not an expert on? Gordon Bennet’

Yes this subject!
Coun Alexander said "I will be lobbying Government for this and for track-laying to start earlier along the east to bring quicker and greater economic growth for the whole of the north and Scotland, rather than just focusing largely on issues of congestion in the north-west." With a request from someone held in such regard by the powers that be and indeed the public, I am sure they will change all of their plans now to accommodate your wishes! Whilst you are having a word in ears, can you have a word with Putin and Hassad as there a few little problems that need to be resolved in Ukraine and Syria, only your intervention can sort it out! ‘TheTruthHurts says... Is there anything that JA is not an expert on? Gordon Bennet’ Yes this subject! Kevin Turvey
  • Score: 1

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