HS2 would link with Heathrow in proposed alternative
Published: 31st Oct 2011 11:59:58
An alternative route to the proposed £32bn national high-speed rail link will be outlined by the shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle later.
The route would still run from London Euston to Birmingham but would follow the M40 and Chiltern line in parts.
Ms Eagle, Labour MP for Garston and Halewood, says it would be a "huge mistake" if Heathrow Airport was not connected directly by HS2.
A spokesman for Stop HS2 campaign said the alternative link was "implausible".
Ms Eagle, who will be addressing the Airport Operators Association, said she had taken into account "some of the objections and concerns some people had" with the new proposal, which would still see the rail link running though rural parts of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Staffordshire.
The route would run closer to the towns of Princes Risborough, Bicester and Banbury and could link up with the original line east of Leamington Spa or pass south of Warwick before heading towards Birmingham Airport and its city centre.
Ms Eagle said: "I don't think we got everything right in our original proposal when we were in government and having had a close look at it over the last year as part of our policy review we think that connecting via Heathrow and using existing transport corridors means that we're going to get to Birmingham in a more sensible way.
"It might be two or three minutes slower on a non-stopping service but it avoids going through areas of outstanding natural beauty and joins up better with our other transport networks.
"It seems mad not to take your high-speed train though your hub airport at the earliest opportunity - that's the lesson of high speed in Europe."
Joe Rukin, from Stop HS2, said he felt the alternative had come too late, and did not address the concerns of his fellow campaigners.
"Moving the route is all well and good but it doesn't change the business case or the environmental case," he said.
"Nor does it change the fact we can't afford it.
"It is still a project that will only benefit the rich in society.
"We cannot understand this obsession with high-speed rail and connecting airports."
At 00:01:08 in SportWest Ham have signed French midfielder Morgan Amalfitano from Marseille on a one-year deal.
At 23:57:16 in SportManchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has joined Valencia on a season-long loan deal.
At 23:56:57 in SportSouthampton have signed Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid.
At 23:50:14 in SportNewcastle centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has joined Italian club Roma on a loan deal until the end of the season.
At 23:49:06 in SportCrystal Palace striker Glenn Murray has joined Reading on loan until January.
At 23:47:29 in SportNorwich have signed defenders Ignasi Miquel and Jos Hooiveld, as well as Swindon midfielder Louis Thompson.
At 23:42:00 in HeadlinesIraqi Shia militias and Kurdish forces are continuing their advance against Islamic State (IS) militants, a day after breaking the siege of Amerli in northern Iraq.
At 23:38:49 in EnglandA teenager was rescued from the Thames near Westminster after jumping into the river for a prank.
At 23:37:55 in SportLeague One side Coventry City have signed Middlesbrough defender Seb Hines and Ipswich striker Frank Nouble, both on loan until 4 January.
At 23:25:39 in SportOldham have signed Leeds striker Dominic Poleon for an undisclosed fee and added Rotherham midfielder Michael Tidser on a loan deal.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2011. HS2 would link with Heathrow in proposed alternative [Online] (Updated 31st Oct 2011)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/198271/HS2-would-link-with-Heathrow-in-proposed-alternative [Accessed 2nd Sep 2014]
News In Other Categories
The parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well.
A video has emerged which appears to show a supporter of the United Kingdom kicking out at a female protestor.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
West Ham have signed French midfielder Morgan Amalfitano from Marseille on a one-year deal.
A teenager was rescued from the Thames near Westminster after jumping into the river for a prank.
Actor Miltos Yerolemou, best known for his role in the first series of fantasy drama Game of Thrones, has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.