Antony Oliver from Infrastructure Intelligence speaks to HS2 commercial director Beth West about how investment in high speed rail projects across the world is now seen as a proven catalyst for urban and regional regeneration, and how the UK will follow suit. The critical factor in ensuring that maximum benefits flow from this investment catalyst, according to Beth West, is first having a vision for what the city or region needs and then having leaders capable of delivering that vision. Read the full article here
Greengauge 21’s latest report Rail in the North: Stepping Stones to a rebalanced Britain was launched to rail experts and franchise bidders recently at a seminar on the future of the region’s rail network at the National Railway Museum in York.
The event was been organised by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT). Stephen Joseph, CBT chief executive, said northern cities had seen major regeneration initiatives recently and he was pleased to hear politicians from different parties voice their support for a rail network that made the most of those economic opportunities.
The Northern Echo article also notes the launch of their Right Lines campaign to push for a better deal for the region from the Northern and TPE refranchising exercise.
Spain may have been facing severe economic problems but over the last year its high-speed rail has been a runaway success. Over the last 25 years Spain has made huge efforts to develop a modern standard-gauge railway network, with the country going from no high-speed lines at all to Europe’s largest high-speed network within this period. Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) is operated Read on »
Sir Peter Hall, doyen of British town planners, famous since his first book ‘The World Cities’ was published in 1966, died last week. He has been Professor at Reading, Berkeley and most recently University College London, and was a former President of the Town and & Country Planning Association and the Regional Studies Association.
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The government has responded to the independent HS2 Growth Taskforce’s report by challenging towns and cities to seize the full transformational potential of HS2, offering new funding to help local areas develop their HS2 strategies. The Taskforce published its report in March this year, highlighting the need for the country to get ready for HS2 – and setting out a list of practical and specific recommendations to help facilitate this.
Getting set for HS2: Responding to the HS2 Growth Taskforce recommends that places with HS2 stations should develop detailed strategies to make sure they can seize the economic opportunities that HS2 is expected to bring, and will also provide .