Towns and cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow will benefit right from the start of HS2

SOMETHING that greatly concerns me about many media reports is that HS2 is so often referred to as “a new high speed line from London to Birmingham by 2026, and to Manchester and Leeds by 2033.” The Economist is the latest I have seen reporting exactly this in its current edition.  The BBC’s web site also currently shows a map of phase one with HS2 going only to Birmingham.

But this is all very misleading, as many towns and cities along the West Coast Main Line north of Birmingham – including Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow – will benefit from stage one of HS2, enjoying journey time reductions from and to London of around 25/30 minutes on today’s schedules, with up to eight trains every hour going beyond Birmingham. Continue reading