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Examination of Witnesses

Part of High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 9th July 2013.

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Jane Urquart: I do have some concerns about connectivity. I am glad that that phrase is in there, so that there is some mention of connectivity, but I think that HS2 really needs to promote very actively and work  very hard to make that connectivity with the classic network a fundamental part of developing High Speed 2. If the classic network is not connected into High Speed 2, in a sense, you simply have two different sets of railways. You have a classic network and a high-speed network, and not an integrated and connected network.

One of the things that we know in Nottingham, having developed quite a lot of integrated transport projects, is that integration is the key to enabling people to choose to use different modes of transport and to reducing congestion, car journeys and all that. Enabling people to make that choice is about having things that are properly integrated and properly connected, so that it is simple and easy to make the transition. For us, more positive statements about connectivity into the classic network, and using classic-compatible rolling stock to run services in to and out of different places that are not directly on the HS2 line, would be an added positive. That would then bring greater economic benefit and enable economic benefits of that connectivity between northern cities and the midlands to be more fully realised.