Monday, 23 March 2009

Biggles flies undone

So Sir David "Biggles" Rowland has been waving the flag for HS2.

Alas, in The Times today he promises oodles of jam, all of it delivered tomorrow.

No matter.

The article does reveal the proposed location of the High Speed Two London terminus:

The Times records:

Passengers may, however, have to travel to the suburbs of London to catch the trains because the terminus could be built up to five miles from the centre to reduce the cost of the line.

A site near Wormwood Scrubs in West London is being considered as a giant rail hub where passengers would switch from the high-speed line to Crossrail, the mainline railway being built under Central London to link tracks to the East and West.

It could have been worse.

Sir 'Biggles' initially suggested that the London terminus should be built in Manchester and served by air.

How the railway works #1

There's gratitude!

This from Stagecoach...

Passengers using will be able to travel between London’s St Pancras Station and nine key locations in the North of England - Hull, Scunthorpe, Doncaster, Castleford, Harrogate, York, Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield.

The fast, integrated journey will be by comfortable coach and high-quality train, provided by East Midlands Trains, running in and out of St Pancras.

Nice of First to give their class 222s to EMT, so that Stagecoach have enough rail capacity to mount a raid on Hull Trains' flows.

Monday night diary clash

Decisions, decisions!

The Fact Compiler has invitations to two events tonight.

Should he go to the AGM of the newly formed Labour Transport Group and listen to Geoff Hoon...

Or should he accept the Institution of Railway Operator's invite and hear Christian Wolmar?

On balance Hoon wins, he'll be ruder about the TOCs