route, according to rail sources
on a new route that will link Britain’s largest cities by a 50-minute train ride,
according to rail industry sources. If the government pushes ahead with the plan
it would take no longer to reach Britain’s sixth largest airport from London’s
Euston station than it currently takes to get to Heathrow.
Common in west London where an interchange would link the route to Heathrow airport
and Crossrail, a £16bn rail service joining Heathrow to Canary Wharf due to open
a parkway station, where drivers can park their vehicles and use buses to complete
their journey, would be built near Birmingham International and the nearby National
UK-wide network, will terminate at a new station in Birmingham city centre but
the main spur would continue up from Birmingham International through Trent Valley
to join the west coast line north of Birmingham, where the services would continue
at conventional speeds to Manchester and Scotland.
from London because the line is expected to go through a section of the Chiltern
hills in Buckinghamshire – one of 40 areas of outstanding natural beauty in England
and Wales. The Chilterns Conservation Board, the public body responsible for protecting
the area, has warned that parts of the countryside could be “trashed” by a high-speed
was delivered last year to the transport secretary, Lord Adonis, including a detailed
plan for the first phase placing the tracks within five metres in urban areas
and 25 metres in the countryside.
the journey time from London to Edinburgh from four-and-a-half hours to two hours
40 minutes. London to Birmingham is expected to take 50 minutes using a service
that will carry 18 trains per hour. Adonis is due to publish the report before
the end of March, with construction on the first phase due to begin in 2017 and
finish in 2025. A spokesman for Birmingham International said the airport had
received no “formal or informal” indications that it will be on the high speed
route, but added that a strong case exists for making it part of a new rail network
because it will allow the airport to win back Midlands passengers who use Heathrow.
passengers per year to 27 million by 2030 without adding a new runway. Instead,
it is building a 400m runway extension that will allow the airport to host planes
with heavier fuel loads, opening up destinations such as San Francisco and China.
lambast the government’s apparent obsession with Britain’s largest airport. Birmingham
International’s chief executive, Paul Kehoe, said it was “preposterous” to let
Heathrow develop further.
support it you are made to look like climate change deniers.”
made the case for a third runway at Heathrow by forecasting that British airports
can handle up to 140 million more passengers per year ‑ which would allow at least
four runways at Heathrow ‑ by 2050.
suit the Conservative party, which has pledged to block a third runway and build
an ultra-fast rail network instead. The shadow transport secretary, Theresa Villiers,
expects regional airports such as Birmingham to soak up the airport growth permitted
by the government’s advisory body on climate change. The committee said that UK
airports could add 140 million travellers per year, on top of 230 million currently,
without breaching the government’s target of limiting aviation’s carbon dioxide
emissions to 2005 levels by 2050.
airport into a serious competitor would not work.
world thanks to its two runways, while an attempt by British Airways to turn single-runway
Gatwick airport into an alternative hub was a failure, it said. BAA executives
estimate that 1.5 million people per year use Birmingham airport to fly to major
European airports such as Frankfurt, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol
and believe that establishing a high-speed link between Birmingham and Heathrow
would see those travellers come to Heathrow instead.
decides to go ahead with plans for high-speed rail, it will publish a white paper
by the end of March.”