Greengauge 21 response to National Infrastructure Commission call for evidence

6 January, 2016

The new National Infrastructure Commission intends, before next year’s Budget,  to publish on three national challenges:

  1. Improving connectivity between cities in the north of England
  2. Large-scale transport infrastructure improvements in London
  3. Improving how electricity demand and supply are balanced

As part of a process of engagement with government (both local and national), regulators, infrastructure owners and operators, and the wider transport and energy industries, the Commission has put out a call for evidence, which sets out the key questions for each of the three reports. Further details on the consultation can be found here.

Greengauge 21 welcomes the opportunity to respond to the National Infrastructure Commission call for evidence. Our responses are available below:

Greengauge 21 National Infrastructure Commission submission on Northern City Connectivity

Greengauge 21 National Infrastructure Commission submission on London’s Transport Infrastructure

Developing a HSR network to Scotland

9 November, 2015

The State of the Nation Infrastructure Scotland report launched this week is supportive of the case for bringing the line to Scotland. State of the Nation Scotland: Infrastructure 2015 focuses on the performance, resilience, capacity and condition of Scotland’s infrastructure networks. It also analyses the economic, social and environmental benefits of infrastructure.

The Scottish Government has committed to improving rail infrastructure, and the Borders Railway and Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Project, amongst other investments, are increasing network capacity and sustainability. The report states that while improvements to the Aberdeen-Inverness line and Highland lines are planned, enhanced rail connection from northern cities to the central belt is required if rail is to compete with road and aviation. The development of high speed rail between London and Scotland is the best option for increasing rail capacity, reducing journey times and encouraging shift from air to rail particularly if a journey time under 3 hours can be achieved. A joint Scottish and UK Government study exploring potential route options to Scotland will inform the Scottish Government’s objective of ensuring Scotland’s early inclusion within a high speed rail network. Further announcements on these options are expected in February 2016.

See related articles in Herald Scotland and Transport Extra

Stoke and Staffordshire can be key HS2 beneficiaries – as well as Crewe

5 September, 2014

This latest report from Greengauge 21 sets out the opportunity to serve both Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford with a regular direct HS2 service, while protecting the wide set of benefits from accelerated development of the route to Crewe proposed by Sir David Higgins earlier this year.

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Transforming accessibility across Britain

5 November, 2010

Watch our slide show below to see how a national HSR network could reach across Britain.

Even though there will be a limited number of HSR stations (the large yellow stars), HSR services will extend onto the existing rail network to serve a wide range of destinations (the large white stars). And if we were to upgrade the existing network further, primarily by extending route electrification beyond existing plans, then an additional set of towns and cities right across the country could benefit from HSR services (the small white stars).

These graphics are based on the national HSR network set out in Greengauge 21’s Fast Forward strategy.

HSR and Journey Times

18 October, 2010

A key element of the case for HSR is that it is more environmentally sustainable than other modes of transport. Work carried out in 2009 for Greengauge 21 by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC)1 assessed the carbon emissions of HSR compared with car and air travel.

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HSR and Carbon Emissions

28 September, 2010

A key element of the case for HSR is that it is more environmentally sustainable than other modes of transport. Under the 2008 Climate Change Act legally binding targets mean the UK needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050.

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