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GLA committee calls for HS2 rethink

The Greater London Authority’s Transport Committee this week called on the government to rethink its High Speed 2 (HS2) plans and proposed its own changes to the route and its connections in London.

Among the suggestions, the committee said that Crossrail 2 — between Chelsea and Hackney — was a vital addition to the HS2 plan to cater for the thousands of extra passengers expected at Euston. In addition, it argued for stacking of lines at the redeveloped Euston station to minimise the footprint.

Among the other proposals the committee said that Stratford International should be considered as an alternative east London interchange to Old Oak Common.

The response has been agreed by the Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem groups on the committee, although Green part member Jenny Jones AM does not support the response.  The Green Party is opposed to the current HS2 plan as it does not accept the case for investment in transport infrastructure as a response to predicted economic growth and increased demand for travel.


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  • A link to London is not the point of high speed rail. The attraction is a link to the continental network allowing fast travel from the North(beyond Birmingham) to European destinations. The fact that the present proposal does not link directly to HS1 is damning indictment of the planning process.

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