Stepping Stones to a re-balanced Britain

26 January, 2015

There is widespread agreement that rail needs to improve to help bridge the north south divide. The refranchising of Northern Rail and TransPennine Express is key in this.  An important stage has now been reached with the Department for Transport about to publish an Invitation to Tender (ITT). The ITT must set the tone for service improvement and reject the ‘minimum cost’ approach to Northern Rail taken in the past. This report, commissioned by Campaign for Better Transport, aims to define the ‘stepping stones’  needed between now and the 2020s – when major new rail investment comes on stream –  steps that should form an integral part of the new Northern franchise. Read the full report here: Stepping Stones to a re balanced Britain

Economic and Social Benefits of Rail Investment for North Wales

19 December, 2014

Greengauge 21 has published a report: Economic Growth and Social Benefit potential from Modernisation of rail services in North WalesThe report was commissioned by Denbighshire County Council on behalf of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board, Mersey Dee Alliance and Merseytravel who were keen to understand

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Rail in the North: Stepping Stones to a rebalanced Britain

19 November, 2014

With government endorsing the long term strategy for the North’s railways contained in the One North proposition of July 2014, Rail in the North: Stepping Stones to a rebalanced Britain highlights the opportunities for all round improvement that the imminent Invitation to Tender for the new Northern Rail franchise brings.

Prepared by Greengauge 21 for Campaign For Better Transport, the report discusses

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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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HS1 – HS2 connection: a way forward

1 April, 2014

Last year Greengauge 21 published a report on the HS1 – HS2 link which showed that the business case for its inclusion in HS2 Ltd’s plans was based on an improbable premise – that there would be sufficient international demand for high-speed rail services from the HS2 catchment to European destinations to justify its construction. This latest report has been prepared for the same client group that commissioned the original work and aims to developing thinking on the HS1 – HS2 issueIt includes further consideration of the border control issue that affects the viability of international HSR services, and incorporates further and revised thinking on how services could develop over a HS1 – HS2 link, drawing on recent work by Greengauge 21 for the South East LEP, in effect from the stand-point of how to get best use from the existing capacity available on HS1.

Read the full report here: HS1-HS2 Connection: a way forward



Great Britain: connected or not?

3 March, 2014

The HSR Industry Leaders Group has published a report detailing the the key economic, infrastructural and social consequences of abandoning High Speed 2. Great Britain – connected or not? outlines how failing to build HS2 will leave a clogged Britain, unable to meet its full potential, lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of infrastructure development.