The Government decision in October 2023 to scrap the section of HS2 between the West Midlands and Crewe (Phase 2a), ended a 15-year period of cross-party consensus on the project, and drove a coach and horses through the rail sector’s … Read more › “West Midlands – Crewe: the key choices”
The 15-year consensus on creating HS2 has been shattered. The fall-out causes all kinds of problems, in particular for the Midlands and North.
HS2 was not just a new railway, but an opportunity to get better value out of the … Read more › “HS2 curtailed: the regional fall-out”
There’s no more money……
Rethinking rail’s future is the first of three articles produced for RAIL. It sets out the new reality for rail (of virtually no capital investment) and sets out how investment priorities might be re-set for transport, … Read more › “Re-thinking rail’s future”
The fast rail service from Okehampton to Exeter launched in November 2021 has seen first year passenger carryings (over 0.25m) exceed forecasts by more than a factor of two. Its success led to a major re-think of bus routes and … Read more › “Okehampton’s Multi-Modal interchange”