Secret rival to High Speed Rail route

It has emerged that the Government’s own engineers, Arup, bitterly oppose the ‘preferred route’ for the London to Birmingham High Speed Rail Link (HS2).  Quoted in the Sunday Times, they believe that linking Heathrow to the route is essential.  “If the Government’s vision for high speed rail is taken forward, Britain would be alone in the world as the only country where a new high speed rail network bypasses the national hub airport.”  They also believe that routing the line via Heathrow will reduce the construction costs by as much as £400m.  

The alternative route would run from Euston further west to Heathrow and then up the M40 Corridor and alongside the existing Chiltern Line.

Richard Le Neve Foster from the County Homesearch Company comments…. “We still don’t believe there is a case for HS2 in any shape or form.  However, if it does have to go ahead then linking Heathrow Airport to the line would seem logical.  It would also allow the route to run along existing infrastructure such as the M40 rather than across ‘green field’ countryside as is currently proposed.  This would certainly lessen the impact on the Chilterns.”

Posted on the 1st February, 2011

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