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Davis Langdon to model economic case for High Speed 2

High Speed 2 (HS2) has appointed consultant Davis Langdon to produce the cost and risk model to support the economic case for the proposed high speed rail network connecting London to the North of England.

The proposed Y-shaped network will greatly reduce journey times between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, as well as the Channel Tunnel and Heathrow, while providing much needed extra capacity on the rail network and a clean, quick and reliable way for people to move around the UK.

Davis Langdon head of rail Lindsay Noble said: “The development of a high speed rail network is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the way we travel and do business. In addition to the reduced travel times, the line will increase network capacity, enhance integration of new and existing transport links across the country and provide significant opportunities for business development across all sectors.”

The proposed Y network and the high speed rail line from London to the West Midlands are currently under public consultation which is due to end on 29 July. The appointment was secured in part by drawing on Davis Langdon parent company Aecom’s global high-speed rail experience the consultant will work closely with experts from Aecom as well as its Madrid-based transportation high speed “centre of excellence” Inocsa.

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  • The most interesting thing about this article was the following statment in the opening paragraph... "High Speed 2 (HS2) has appointed cost consultant Davis Langdon to produce the cost and risk model to support the economic case for the proposed high speed rail network"
    It is very interesting that HS2 are paying a consultant to show produce a supportive cost/risk model. Surely an independant body should be carrying this out, with no bias from the client. HS2 want this to go ahead, but paying a consultant to put numbers behind this opinion doesn't seem quite right to me....maybe I am the only one who has this opinion....

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