York joins city 'coalition' to make HS2 call

York Press: York joins city 'coalition' to make HS2 call York joins city 'coalition' to make HS2 call

YORK is among a "coalition" of cities whose leaders have launched a new campaign group calling for a commitment to deliver high-speed rail links to the north.

The Connected Cities group is seeking guarantees that the HS2 scheme benefits northern cities and regions as quickly as possible, and for track-laying to start earlier along tracks in the east of the country as well as in the west.

The campaign was launched in Westminster this week and is backed by former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine, ex-Transport Secretary Lord Adonis and music mogul and rail enthusiast Pete Waterman. As well as York, council leaders in Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool, Derby and Manchester are part of the group.

City of York Council leader James Alexander said the campaign is aimed at starting a "wider debate" over maximising HS2's benefits, saying: "The implementation of HS2 is vital if our cities are to drive economic growth and create new jobs across the country.

"I'm pleased that HS2 sits within a wider plan for rail development, with electrification of the TransPennine line and sustained investment in the East Coast Mainline. We want to see this extend to the HS2 college being situated within the Leeds City Region."

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11:17am Sat 5 Apr 14

Yorkie41 says...

Such a pity Liverpool has not joined this group as it would serve Wales in a tremendous way giving better cross country links for the East and West.
Such a pity Liverpool has not joined this group as it would serve Wales in a tremendous way giving better cross country links for the East and West. Yorkie41
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1:23pm Sat 5 Apr 14

sparkseffect says...

It's not long since Jim Jong Un wanted the HS2 college to be in York. Now he wants it in the so-called "Leeds City Region". Have those who want this county to be renamed "Leedsshire" been pulling his strings again? I agree with many others on this site - I like my ancient City (unlike Jim, I was born here) and I don't want it to be a suburb of Leeds.
It's not long since Jim Jong Un wanted the HS2 college to be in York. Now he wants it in the so-called "Leeds City Region". Have those who want this county to be renamed "Leedsshire" been pulling his strings again? I agree with many others on this site - I like my ancient City (unlike Jim, I was born here) and I don't want it to be a suburb of Leeds. sparkseffect
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2:43am Sun 6 Apr 14

Magicman! says...

Yorkie41 wrote:
Such a pity Liverpool has not joined this group as it would serve Wales in a tremendous way giving better cross country links for the East and West.
Sadly the original plan would have done that - it was going to be a 'fast triangle' consisting of Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester - and journeys between any 2 points on the triangle would have taken 30-40 minutes maximum. The Tories got in to power and dropped the Leeds-Manchester section, focusing instead on the London-bound lines and timetabling it so London and Birmingham are the first places connected... with a figurative wave of the hand as to when the North would get connected.. "pffff, whenever..."
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: Such a pity Liverpool has not joined this group as it would serve Wales in a tremendous way giving better cross country links for the East and West.[/p][/quote]Sadly the original plan would have done that - it was going to be a 'fast triangle' consisting of Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester - and journeys between any 2 points on the triangle would have taken 30-40 minutes maximum. The Tories got in to power and dropped the Leeds-Manchester section, focusing instead on the London-bound lines and timetabling it so London and Birmingham are the first places connected... with a figurative wave of the hand as to when the North would get connected.. "pffff, whenever..." Magicman!
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10:03am Mon 7 Apr 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

What a pointless tunnel in the picture. Wouldn't a cutting have done? Or couldn't the line have been slewed a fraction to the side, so it wouldn't have approached the hill in the first place?
What a pointless tunnel in the picture. Wouldn't a cutting have done? Or couldn't the line have been slewed a fraction to the side, so it wouldn't have approached the hill in the first place? Ignatius Lumpopo
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