Good to see these have come in considerably below the budgeted price. Maybe HS2 will come in on budget after all!
Adrian, what is the scheme you are referring to? I've followed the HS2 project quite closely and I've not heard of it.
The point everyone is missing here is that a HS1-HS2 link was considered in detail and rejected because it was too expensive and there was insufficient demand. Direct high speed train services from mainland Europe to Northern England would have a 3.5 hour journey time, which means the airlines will still be able to compete. Although I would personally benefit from such a service, the level of demand would only justify a few services per day, in which case it may be more convenient to change in London anyway. I agree that Euston Road is not a very attractive environment and some provision needs to be put in place to provide a decent link - perhaps the pods used at Heathrow would be a good option?
Philip, I get that you don't like HS2. However as Civil Engineers we have a duty to form opinions based on the facts and unfortunately your comment is littered with misinformation. It's not costing £100 billion; it's going to save over an hour on some journeys and it will be used by the same rail passengers who currently use intercity services between our major conurbations. If we dial down the purple prose on this perhaps there will be room for a sensible discussion.
Comment on: HS2 Colne Valley mitigation plan released
I didn't realise HS2 is going through East Lancashire. Either that or NCE have got the wrong Colne in the photo.