Our Vision

HSUK wants to see:

  • All of the UK’s principal cities interlinked with direct, high quality intercity trains, running at hourly (or better) frequencies.
  • High speed services extending onto the existing network to maximise the connectivity benefits to the greatest possible population.
  • Optimised interchange with local public transport networks at existing city centre hubs.
  • Direct high speed links from all of the UK’s principal cities to Heathrow.
  • Improved links to regional airports, especially Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh.
  • Direct links to HS1 at St Pancras, allowing the possibility of future direct services from UK regional cities to Europe.
  • A parallel freight network established along enhanced existing routes, capable of accommodating larger ‘Continental’-sized wagons.

All this is necessary to create the enhanced transport connectivity and capacity essential for sustainable economic growth and modal shift from road to rail – thus delivering step-change CO2 emission reductions in line with the requirements of the 2008 Climate Change Act.

This goes far beyond the vision and ambition of the HS2 project – but our studies demonstrate clearly that our aims are achievable at lesser cost and in a shorter timescale than is projected for HS2. Quite simply, less is more.

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