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This project is not simply a nice to have. Done right, it will lay the foundations for a truly balanced UK economy. Businesses in the North and Midlands will be concerned that this landmark project — which truly promises to deliver the capacity and connectivity our economy needs — will now hit the buffers. Our core cities such as Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester require 21st Century connectivity to London and we must continue to make the case for investment in this and other game-changing projects such as Northern Powerhouse Rail if we are to succeed in rebalancing the economy and thriving in the post-Brexit era.

We absolutely need HS2 but we equally need to ensure value for money; there can be no blank cheque, especially given the magnitude of this project. As it stands the proposed line for mph trains will cut, non-stop, through North West Leicestershire broadly along the A42 corridor. I knew this was coming.

Boris Johnson promised me this in return for my support in the leadership contest. HS2 thought it would save money by not going into city centres but to hubs. It goes to Toton which is nearly Nottingham and nearly Derby. It goes to nearly Sheffield and nearly London. We need to stop throwing good money after bad and start thinking about how we can use the money instead to improve the rail network in the Midland, for example by re-opening the Leicester to Burton line to passengers.

It is clear that HS2 alongside Northern Powerhouse Rail, together with the right level of local investment, would bring unprecedented opportunities for people and businesses across the whole of the North of England. The delivery of other transformational schemes, including Northern Powerhouse Rail, rely on the connections that HS2 will make. Its anticipated completion is already attracting investors and will continue to attract investment to surrounding areas, rejuvenate local economies and create opportunities for businesses across the supply chain. The massive benefits of HS2 to the Midlands are already being felt.

Scrapping it or de-scoping it project will be a disaster for the Midlands and the whole country. HS2 will connect employees to employers, businesses to new markets and commuters to new employment land, presenting places such as Stoke-on-Trent as a place to do business outside of the south-east. Ms Williams added that through increased passenger capacity, HS2 has the ability to unlock increased freight capacity on the West Coast Main Line, removing the need for goods to be transported via road, easing congestion in the process. Phase 2a must not be cancelled and government must go full steam ahead in connecting the core cities.

The debate has gone round the houses too many times. We firmly believe that committing to HS2 in full, once and for all, will spread the flow of investment across the Midlands, the North of England and into Scotland. The current poor connectivity in the North is a major obstacle to encouraging companies from growing in the region and is a barrier to inward investment. The independent review was announced by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, who said it would look at costs and benefits. Iain Thomson is head of comms at Harworth Group, which owns, develops and manages a portfolio of approximately 21, acres of land on around sites located throughout the North of England and Midlands.

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Economic Development. A full statement from its chief executive, Darren Caplan, read:. Stop HS2 campaign has 'serious questions' over review Joe Rukin, Campaign Manager of Stop HS2, said: We have serious questions as to whether a review headed by former chair of HS2 could ever be described as independent and we worry, as happened in past, that they are simply going to go away and make up some increasingly outlandish and improbable numbers for jobs, and economic benefits, to justify this white elephant. He said: The indecisiveness on HS2 by this current Government knows no bounds.

Speaking ahead of the conference, he said: HS2 is real and happening.

It is now going through the House of Lords. Business and civic leaders are coming together to maximise the potential from investment in HS2.

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The BCC added:. He said: I knew this was coming. We need people with the political courage to cancel this now. The cost of it could go up and up and up.

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Review must focus on 'how', not 'whether' Iain Thomson is head of comms at Harworth Group, which owns, develops and manages a portfolio of approximately 21, acres of land on around sites located throughout the North of England and Midlands. More On High Speed 2.

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Economic Development all Most Read Most Recent Transport New plans to transform the east of Cardiff with a new train station and business district at its heart An outline planning application for Cardiff Parkway will be lodged next spring. North West 'What is happening? Economy UK's biggest cities attracting lion's share of foreign investment while 'creaking' towns fail to compete The economic disparity between cities and towns is growing. Their reputation and profit margin are directly related to how well they serve their passengers.

Governments are in general equally committed to doing a good job, but their objectives may change more often with the political climate, giving a less consistent and more expensive deal for the passengers. It can be if the service is properly regulated towards the targets and business plan, ensuring value for money and balance with profitability. Otherwise we end up with poor service, as UK history has shown. The best solution is a system that has integrity and is efficient.

That means a passenger-focused organisation that provides a cost-effective system not hidebound by bureaucracy.

The nationalised system has a history of bureaucracy, ineffective management, and a lack of foresight. The privatised system has a history of profit-focused policy to appease shareholders. A privatised system with effective governmental oversight would be ideal: an efficient organisation that has to justify profits and reinvest a sufficient portion to remain effective.

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It is more competitive than the West Coast franchise. Privatisation is supposed to encourage competition but a lot of lines just have one operator with subsidies so it is difficult to see how a truly privatised system could benefit communities. I remember the bad old days of British Rail when a supposed eight-hour journey from Glasgow to Newton Abbot regularly took 10 or more hours, in old rolling stock and standing room only in second class.

Now the trains are full again, but they mostly run on time. The key is investment in track and rolling stock, and the government or its agencies are habitually useless when running big projects — so best they keep out. The current arrangements lack clarity or consistency and fail to allow operators freedom to take risk, innovate, improve and procure additional stock and capacity. Despite the good performance of the East Coast franchise under government control, I cannot forget the awfulness of British Rail, and the political games played with it.

The government should stick to what it has to do. Possibly that does include Network Rail, but not running the trains. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.

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Articles Soundbites: the East Coast rail franchise. Chris Fox, Chester Living in the Midlands I can fly to northern Africa and back cheaper than I can get to our capital city by private organisation trains. Duncan Saunders, Derby On the face of it, it is madness to break the railway into bits and let foreign companies take some of the profit. Jeff Bulled, Lidlington, Bedfordshire No.