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Chamber disappointed by IoD intervention on HS2

27th August 2013

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Jerry Blackett, chief executive, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

Jerry Blackett, chief executive, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

THE Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group (BCCG) has hit back at the Institute of Directors (IoD) after it described the HS2 high-speed rail project as a “grand folly”.

Jerry Blackett, chief executive of the Chamber, said: “We believe that the really ‘grand folly’ would be to believe that it is possible to squeeze meaningful amounts of capacity out of the......for the full story register now for free or login below...


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Wrong scheme in the wrong place that costs too much. There is an excellent fast route from London To Birmingham, which has been well modernised and Chiltern runs a good service, but it is a secondary route. Then there is the Great Central, this closure was not merely Beeching's folly but Barbara Castle's too. High Speed 2 is not the only solution, worse still it is fundamentally flawed. Many comments on various blogs are not anti HS2, views are mixed, but confused. Jerry Blackett for Birmingham CoC should be concerned that Birmingham's station is stuck at the end of a siding the other side of Moor Street. How is the interchange with New St going to be arranged? Tram or Travelator or knowing Birmingham, CentreBus. As a child of said city, it's mad. It is an area where there is either undeveloped land or grotty commercial or industrial units that probably could benefit from new premises, but not far away as locations of jobs is important. Not that much of the old GC is being used, and if we could get away fro the obsession with 250mph, 400kmph, and accept a sensible upgrade to 180 - 200mph, then, we could look at infrastructure more conducive to the needs of this congested isle. HS2 is too costly and could make better use of existing route corridors, not necessarily the existing track, as we know that causes havoc if not managed properly. But there are so many sites where BR cutbacks removed capacity which can be restored relatively easily. In Birmingham start with restoring a proper station at Snow Hill, and restore the 4 tracks all the way to Lapworth. Only need to relocte a couple of car-parks and rebuild the fairly new and quite nice station at Widney Manor. It is a very well engineered route. upgrade it!

Ric pou

Wrong scheme in the wrong place that costs too much. There is an excellent fast route from London To Birmingham, which has been well modernised and Chiltern runs a good service, but it is a secondary route. Then there is the Great Central, this closure was not merely Beeching's folly but Barbara Castle's too. High Speed 2 is not the only solution, worse still it is fundamentally flawed. Many comments on various blogs are not anti HS2, views are mixed, but confused. Jerry Blackett for Birmingham CoC should be concerned that Birmingham's station is stuck at the end of a siding the other side of Moor Street. How is the interchange with New St going to be arranged? Tram or Travelator or knowing Birmingham, CentreBus. As a child of said city, it's mad. It is an area where there is either undeveloped land or grotty commercial or industrial units that probably could benefit from new premises, but not far away as locations of jobs is important. Not that much of the old GC is being used, and if we could get away fro the obsession with 250mph, 400kmph, and accept a sensible upgrade to 180 - 200mph, then, we could look at infrastructure more conducive to the needs of this congested isle. HS2 is too costly and could make better use of existing route corridors, not necessarily the existing track, as we know that causes havoc if not managed properly. But there are so many sites where BR cutbacks removed capacity which can be restored relatively easily. In Birmingham start with restoring a proper station at Snow Hill, and restore the 4 tracks all the way to Lapworth. Only need to relocte a couple of car-parks and rebuild the fairly new and quite nice station at Widney Manor. It is a very well engineered route. upgrade it!

Ric pou

A national railway capacity problem can’t be solved by adding 320 miles of track to feed a few big cities. We need to address the core problem at a national level: How do we can carry more passengers on our existing tracks? The solution will probably require abandoning our Victorian braking systems that rely on friction between the carriage wheels and a steel track. To start the debate rolling a suggestion is made at www.cheshire-innovation.com/Transport%20internet.htm

Bill Courtney

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