HS2, whats the current status ?

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J4CKO

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25,786 posts

136 months

Wednesday 11th March 2015
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Is this actually getting built, was looking at the Phase 2 and it seems like pie in the sky, it involves massive tunnelling projects under south Manchester, is that ever going to happen ?

Has it started anywhere else yet ?

ralphrj

2,729 posts

127 months

Wednesday 11th March 2015
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The High Speed Rail (Preparation) Act 2013 has received Royal Assent. This act authorises funds to be spent on surveys, to buy property and to pay compensation. This is the kind of work that is being done at the moment.

Actual construction work can't begin until a hybrid bill has been given Royal Assent. Each phase of HS2 will have its own hybrid bill. The hybrid bill for Phase 1 is expected to go through some time this year with construction due to commence in 2017.

rs1952

5,081 posts

195 months

Wednesday 11th March 2015
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J4CKO said:
Is this actually getting built, was looking at the Phase 2 and it seems like pie in the sky, it involves massive tunnelling projects under south Manchester, is that ever going to happen ?

Has it started anywhere else yet ?
They dug rather a lot of big holes in the ground to get HS1 from Ebbsfleet to St Pancras

They are currently digging a big long hole to get Crossrail from Paddington to the east end.

What's so different about Manchester? Will it fall down if somebody tunnels under it?


PhillipM

5,468 posts

125 months

Wednesday 11th March 2015
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rs1952 said:
What's so different about Manchester? Will it fall down if somebody tunnels under it?
We can but hope.

Sir Humphrey

387 posts

59 months

Wednesday 11th March 2015
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rs1952 said:
They dug rather a lot of big holes in the ground to get HS1 from Ebbsfleet to St Pancras

They are currently digging a big long hole to get Crossrail from Paddington to the east end.

What's so different about Manchester? Will it fall down if somebody tunnels under it?
Hopefully by that time someone in government will realise that wasting all these resources on things people don't really want is destroying the economy.
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Vaud

30,223 posts

91 months

Wednesday 11th March 2015
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Sir Humphrey said:
Hopefully by that time someone in government will realise that wasting all these resources on things people don't really want is destroying the economy.
I want a high speed rail connection from Manchester and Leeds to Heathrow and then to London. Sub 2 hrs.HTH.

powerstroke

7,648 posts

96 months

Wednesday 11th March 2015
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Sir Humphrey said:
Hopefully by that time someone in government will realise that wasting all these resources on things people don't really want is destroying the economy.
Yes hopefully but don't hold your breath!!
Goods need to move people don't the madness of face to face business is becoming less important, better roads east to west and more motorway capacity would help the economy far more than the white elephant aka hs2.

killsta

1,522 posts

164 months

Wednesday 11th March 2015
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Vaud said:
I want a high speed rail connection from Manchester and Leeds to Heathrow and then to London. Sub 2 hrs.HTH.
I regularly get the train from Lime Street to Euston and it's just over 2 hours. How much quicker is HS2?

Vaud

30,223 posts

91 months

Thursday 12th March 2015
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killsta said:
I regularly get the train from Lime Street to Euston and it's just over 2 hours. How much quicker is HS2?
I said Heathrow. Leeds to London is 2hrs 20 / across London / Heathrow Express = 3 1/2 hrs.

Yazar

1,476 posts

56 months

Thursday 12th March 2015
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Vaud said:
I want a high speed rail connection from Manchester and Leeds to Heathrow and then to London. Sub 2 hrs.HTH.
So you want to spend 2 hours to get to heathrow, then approx another hour getting on the plane... laugh

The North would better be served by spending the HS2 money on Hull-Liverpool train & road improvements, would grow the demand for a true northern rival to Heathrow airport, with Manchester airport being a candidate.

GCH

2,534 posts

138 months

Thursday 12th March 2015
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Vaud said:
I want a high speed rail connection from Manchester and Leeds to Heathrow and then to London. Sub 2 hrs.HTH.
The proposed HS2 heathrow spur has been ruled out now..

speedyguy

3,835 posts

139 months

Thursday 12th March 2015
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killsta said:
Vaud said:
I want a high speed rail connection from Manchester and Leeds to Heathrow and then to London. Sub 2 hrs.HTH.
I regularly get the train from Lime Street to Euston and it's just over 2 hours. How much quicker is HS2?
Stop thinking about the time will you,
It's about freeing up line capacity.

Good job you lot weren't around when the victorians dabbled in railway's or where would we be now ??

Think of the children smile

Fittster

17,759 posts

149 months

Thursday 12th March 2015
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Do those that oppose HS2 also oppose crossrail?

ralphrj

2,729 posts

127 months

Thursday 12th March 2015
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Fittster said:
Do those that oppose HS2 also oppose crossrail?
Or motorways for that matter.

Previous generation of luddites said:
Bloody politicians and their crazy ideas! If I needed to drive from London to Bristol I can go on the A4. The M4 will be a massive white elephant. Mark my words!

Yazar

1,476 posts

56 months

Thursday 12th March 2015
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Fittster said:
Do those that oppose HS2 also oppose crossrail?
Because HS2 haters are just anti rail investment?

rs1952

5,081 posts

195 months

Thursday 12th March 2015
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ralphrj said:
Fittster said:
Do those that oppose HS2 also oppose crossrail?
Or motorways for that matter.

Previous generation of luddites said:
Bloody politicians and their crazy ideas! If I needed to drive from London to Bristol I can go on the A4. The M4 will be a massive white elephant. Mark my words!
yes

People don't like change of any sort, and it is part of human nature to oppose it. A local council could only want to put up a new lamp post and somebody would complain about light pollution in their bedroom, or people in wheelchairs couldn't get past, or whatever.

NIMBYs abound everywhere. Not so long ago, one of the dafter ideas that came out of Whitehall was to build a dual carriageway between J18/M4 and Southampton (ie. the A36) but they'd do it quietly in little bits so nobody would notice. The trouble is they did notice...

So now we have a bit of high quality dual carriageway called the Batheaston bypass (with its 50 limit, but don't get me started...) and a bit of single carriageway road that is excellent for present day traffic conditions rolleyes along the A46 between the M4 and the top of the hill before Bath. And he residents of Cold Ashton and the like claimed that as a victory.

Anybody tried to drive from J18/M4 into Bath recently? Fun, isn't it...

Vaud

30,223 posts

91 months

Thursday 12th March 2015
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Yazar said:
So you want to spend 2 hours to get to heathrow, then approx another hour getting on the plane... laugh

The North would better be served by spending the HS2 money on Hull-Liverpool train & road improvements, would grow the demand for a true northern rival to Heathrow airport, with Manchester airport being a candidate.
Nope. It will never offer the connections I need (in my lifetime). 3 flights a day to SFO? Nope. Don't get me wrong - I'd like there to be some...

Yazar

1,476 posts

56 months

Thursday 12th March 2015
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rs1952 said:
ralphrj said:
Fittster said:
Do those that oppose HS2 also oppose crossrail?
Or motorways for that matter.

Previous generation of luddites said:
Bloody politicians and their crazy ideas! If I needed to drive from London to Bristol I can go on the A4. The M4 will be a massive white elephant. Mark my words!
yes

People don't like change of any sort, and it is part of human nature to oppose it. A local council could only want to put up a new lamp post and somebody would complain about light pollution in their bedroom, or people in wheelchairs couldn't get past, or whatever.
I think for a lot of people, it comes more down to the UK not having a limitless pot of (creditors) money to (borrow) out of, and therefore priorities. If HS2 is top of your list then fair enough, but if it isn't for other people then accept it, not label it is nimbyism smile

Axionknight

8,347 posts

71 months

Thursday 12th March 2015
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It's a railway system in England, so it's surely delayed.

Edited by Axionknight on Wednesday 8th April 22:21

Yazar

1,476 posts

56 months

Thursday 12th March 2015
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Vaud said:
Yazar said:
So you want to spend 2 hours to get to heathrow, then approx another hour getting on the plane... laugh

The North would better be served by spending the HS2 money on Hull-Liverpool train & road improvements, would grow the demand for a true northern rival to Heathrow airport, with Manchester airport being a candidate.
Nope. It will never offer the connections I need (in my lifetime). 3 flights a day to SFO? Nope. Don't get me wrong - I'd like there to be some...
Why do you want to travel to SFO 3 times a day wink

Manchester is far easier to expand than Heathrow- nearby areas such as Wythenshawe is a dump and could easily be flattened laugh