Council leader supports proposed HS2 extension to Liverpool

Council leader supports propsed HS2 extension to Liverpool

Council leader supports propsed HS2 extension to Liverpool

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CALLS for a proposed high speed railway line into Liverpool have been back by political and business leaders in St Helens, due to the potential economic benefits that could be brought to the town.

Current plans for the High Speed 2 rail line see only the cities of Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London set to be connected to the HS2 grid.

However, city leaders in Liverpool have pushed for the controversial £40billion plans to be extended to run directly into the maritime city.

There are concerns that if Liverpool does not get a high speed rail line, freight trains carrying goods to and from the Port of Liverpool will have to compete for space against passenger trains.

If the calls to extend the proposed 250mph line are successful, the council believes that St Helens would receive enhanced economic benefits as a result.

Council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “We believe that extending HS2 to Liverpool would bring benefits for the entire city region and that could bring major benefits for St Helens – by freeing up extra freight capacity on the existing west coast mainline – something that would enhance our vision for the new Parkside employment area.

“Equally, a high speed link into the city would enable Liverpool, St Helens, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral to play a much fuller role in the UK’s economic recovery.

“Studies also show that adding just another 20 miles of track to the 330-mile scheme would make this small section far more profitable than the national average.”

Critics of HS2 claim the plans are too expensive and that it would erode parts of the countryside.

Dave Watts, the St Helens North MP, is on record as saying he believes the jaw dropping cost of the project is too much and suggested an improved link between west and east coasts may be a wiser investment.

However, it has support among business leaders.

Tracy Mawson, director of business services at St Helens Chamber, added: “The chamber welcomes the prospect of high speed rail coming to the Liverpool City region.

“Anything that opens up the region to greater trade and investment can only be of benefit to the local economy and local businesses.

“The expansion projects at the Port of Liverpool will also bring a welcome boost to St Helens firms, as the supply chain develops and trade grows within the city region. Improving the rail network in the city region to have greater capacity for freight will also have a positive impact on St Helens companies.”

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2:54pm Thu 13 Mar 14

I am not a Trainspotter says...

We need to get to London faster, something the 13.5 million UK citizensliving in poverty NEVER said.

Some hard of thinking have still not got the message that the people do not want 50 billion executive express HS2. The huge waste of money would be better spent restoring the services they are cutting.
Shocking the amount of money being spent lobbying for this project by vested interests using taxpayer money.Over 600 milion spent spinning it, and now using the PR man who made up the WMD 45 minute claim!

Notice they never mention that the new route would mean homes and businesses will have to be demolished or will become blighted

See what Liverpudlian John Bishop has to say:
http://tinyurl.com/o
rtdaj2

Scrap HS2
We need to get to London faster, something the 13.5 million UK citizensliving in poverty NEVER said. Some hard of thinking have still not got the message that the people do not want 50 billion executive express HS2. The huge waste of money would be better spent restoring the services they are cutting. Shocking the amount of money being spent lobbying for this project by vested interests using taxpayer money.Over 600 milion spent spinning it, and now using the PR man who made up the WMD 45 minute claim! Notice they never mention that the new route would mean homes and businesses will have to be demolished or will become blighted See what Liverpudlian John Bishop has to say: http://tinyurl.com/o rtdaj2 Scrap HS2 I am not a Trainspotter
  • Score: -5

4:56pm Thu 13 Mar 14

rlfan75 says...

I am not a Trainspotter wrote:
We need to get to London faster, something the 13.5 million UK citizensliving in poverty NEVER said. Some hard of thinking have still not got the message that the people do not want 50 billion executive express HS2. The huge waste of money would be better spent restoring the services they are cutting. Shocking the amount of money being spent lobbying for this project by vested interests using taxpayer money.Over 600 milion spent spinning it, and now using the PR man who made up the WMD 45 minute claim! Notice they never mention that the new route would mean homes and businesses will have to be demolished or will become blighted See what Liverpudlian John Bishop has to say: http://tinyurl.com/o rtdaj2 Scrap HS2
The current west coast line is at full capacity and the trains are getting busier, instead of building hs2 how would you solve the problem seeing as the current line can't realistically be widened any more?
[quote][p][bold]I am not a Trainspotter[/bold] wrote: We need to get to London faster, something the 13.5 million UK citizensliving in poverty NEVER said. Some hard of thinking have still not got the message that the people do not want 50 billion executive express HS2. The huge waste of money would be better spent restoring the services they are cutting. Shocking the amount of money being spent lobbying for this project by vested interests using taxpayer money.Over 600 milion spent spinning it, and now using the PR man who made up the WMD 45 minute claim! Notice they never mention that the new route would mean homes and businesses will have to be demolished or will become blighted See what Liverpudlian John Bishop has to say: http://tinyurl.com/o rtdaj2 Scrap HS2[/p][/quote]The current west coast line is at full capacity and the trains are getting busier, instead of building hs2 how would you solve the problem seeing as the current line can't realistically be widened any more? rlfan75
  • Score: 2

11:16pm Thu 13 Mar 14

ImTopMan says...

I don't know too much about this HS2 stuff. But I think reopening the St Helens Central to St Helens Junction rail link would be a bigger benefit to the people of this town.
I don't know too much about this HS2 stuff. But I think reopening the St Helens Central to St Helens Junction rail link would be a bigger benefit to the people of this town. ImTopMan
  • Score: 3

3:28pm Sat 15 Mar 14

AiJay1 says...

rlfan75 wrote:
I am not a Trainspotter wrote: We need to get to London faster, something the 13.5 million UK citizensliving in poverty NEVER said. Some hard of thinking have still not got the message that the people do not want 50 billion executive express HS2. The huge waste of money would be better spent restoring the services they are cutting. Shocking the amount of money being spent lobbying for this project by vested interests using taxpayer money.Over 600 milion spent spinning it, and now using the PR man who made up the WMD 45 minute claim! Notice they never mention that the new route would mean homes and businesses will have to be demolished or will become blighted See what Liverpudlian John Bishop has to say: http://tinyurl.com/o rtdaj2 Scrap HS2
The current west coast line is at full capacity and the trains are getting busier, instead of building hs2 how would you solve the problem seeing as the current line can't realistically be widened any more?
Extend station platforms and put on bigger trains instead of the pathetic 2 and 3 cars. Doubling the cars will double capacity. Why not look at double decker cars like in the US?

Problem solved straight away there.
[quote][p][bold]rlfan75[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I am not a Trainspotter[/bold] wrote: We need to get to London faster, something the 13.5 million UK citizensliving in poverty NEVER said. Some hard of thinking have still not got the message that the people do not want 50 billion executive express HS2. The huge waste of money would be better spent restoring the services they are cutting. Shocking the amount of money being spent lobbying for this project by vested interests using taxpayer money.Over 600 milion spent spinning it, and now using the PR man who made up the WMD 45 minute claim! Notice they never mention that the new route would mean homes and businesses will have to be demolished or will become blighted See what Liverpudlian John Bishop has to say: http://tinyurl.com/o rtdaj2 Scrap HS2[/p][/quote]The current west coast line is at full capacity and the trains are getting busier, instead of building hs2 how would you solve the problem seeing as the current line can't realistically be widened any more?[/p][/quote]Extend station platforms and put on bigger trains instead of the pathetic 2 and 3 cars. Doubling the cars will double capacity. Why not look at double decker cars like in the US? Problem solved straight away there. AiJay1
  • Score: -1

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