The lack of connectivity between the east and west of Britain still concerns Rail Minister Claire Perry, but she says that HS2 will help.
Speaking at the National Rail Conference on November 5, she said: “I remain gobsmacked by how slow some of the links east-west can be - between Newcastle and Carlisle, for example, cities that are ripe for an investment in railway. But HS2 really starts to pull that economic activity right across the country.
“This is a process that St Pancras started with HS1, it’s a process that Crossrail and Thameslink will continue, and it’s a process that I think will reach a climax with HS2, a scheme that will define transport in 21st century Britain, just as the stations, tunnels and bridges for the Great Western Main Line defined the confidence and vision of transport in Brunel’s time.”
- For more on Perry's speech, and for ful coverage of the National Rail Conference, read RAIL 788, published on November 25.