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Instead of imposing the controversial, noisy & dubiously beneficial HS2 on the Shires, why not start with the ‘urgently needed’ HS3 & other road / rail improvements in the North

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has published its 3rd report: High Speed North’.  In October 2015, the NIC was asked to advise on strategic improvements to transport connectivity in the North.  Their central finding is that the North needs immediate and very significant investment for action now and a plan for longer term transformation to reduce journey times, increase capacity and improve reliability.

On rail, this means kick-starting HS3, integrating it with HS2 and planning for the redevelopment of the North’s gateway stations.  On roads, investment should be brought forwards for an early boost in capacity on the M62, the North’s most important east-west link, alongside funding to identify & assess proposals for tackling a range of other strategic challenges.  High Speed North makes practical recommendations to this end.

Researched Links:

National Infrastructure Commission:  Put HS3 at the heart of a High Speed North - Adonis

IEA:  HS3 is a political gimmick and will do little to reduce travel times

The potential benefits of HS2 are ‘dodgy’ and now it appears the human cost is rising unnecessarily as well

Poor Government case for a £50bn investment in HS2

HS2 is bad value, and that's a fact - Telegraph

Sugaring the ‘bitter pill’ of HS2

High Speed Rail Committee publishes final report

Government & industry unite to drive UK rail growth

HS2 route from Birmingham to Crewe to open 6 years early - Chancellor confirms

Lessons from major rail infrastructure programmes

HS2: 12 arguments for and against - BBC News

STOP HS2 | Cost-benefit Analysis

HS2 Cost Benefit Analysis | Economics | tutor2u

Pros & Cons of High Speed Rail HS2 | Economics Help

FactCheck: is HS2 value for money? - Blogs - Channel 4

TfL:  Full steam ahead for Crossrail 2

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