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High Speed UK - Connecting the Nation




CHEAPER

£20bn less than existing plans for HS2 & HS3.




BETTER CONNECTED

Improves 94% of journeys and reduces journey time by an average of 40%.




CLEANER

Saves 600 million tonnes of CO2 and avoids the Chilterns AONB.




SMARTER

Improves regional rail across the UK and integrates with the existing rail infrastructure.

CO2 CONNECTIVITY
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HSUK is dedicated to developing a national railway network fit for the 21st century, reflecting our core values of:


Inclusivity – It’s only worth spending £40-£50 billion pounds of public money on high speed rail if it can deliver direct benefit to the greatest practicable population. To improve only a few selective point-to-point journeys, and hope for wider spread of ‘trickledown’ benefits, is not acceptable.


Connectivity – High speed rail is only a worthwhile investment if it improves connectivity. Better connectivity is vital to realising both improved economic performance and the road to rail modal shift essential for reduced CO2 emissions. Improved connectivity stems from the following:



Harmonisation – As well as delivering core connectivity objectives, high speed rail must also conform with wider public policy objectives such as:


Network – With the fundamental objective being a railway network rather than simply a line, it’s vital to understand the new science of railway network design, to ensure optimum results. Railway network design is a combination of all traditional railway engineering and operating disciplines, plus transport and strategic planning. A holistic approach, understanding all aspects, is essential.


Opportunity – The Government’s high speed rail initiative represents a unique and unrepeatable opportunity not only to build new and faster railways, but also to remedy the many defects in the existing system. Addressing both these issues will ensure the optimum outcome of a better-balanced integrated system, interlinking all UK primary cities and airports and maximising economic and environmental gains.

OUR VALUES


“HS2 modelling is shocking, biased and bonkers.”

Margaret Hodge, Chair, Public Accounts Committee


“No economic case for HS2... it will destroy jobs and force businesses to close.”

Institute of Economic Affairs

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