Birmingham to be 'as accessible' to some Londoners as zone 4

Go-HS2 has told C&IT that the recently green-lighted high-speed rail link between Birmingham and London (HS2) will effectively make Birmingham 'as accessible' to some Londoners as the capital's zone 4.

Birmingham to be 'as accessible' to Londoners as the capital's zone 4
Birmingham to be 'as accessible' to Londoners as the capital's zone 4

The scheme, billed for completion in 2026, will see trains between London and Birmingham reach speeds of 225mph, cutting journey times to Birmingham from Euston to 49 minutes.

Go-HS2's communications officer Richard Lakin said that one of the major boons of the service for business travellers will be the knock-on effect to auxillary rail services.

"After the HS2 is up and running, other local services can release some capacity, meaning more trains can be allocated to Birmingham's surrounding areas like Wolverhampton and Walsall. The new links will increase business to Birmingham's hotels and event venues, but it is hard to make exact estimates on visitor numbers at this stage. It will increase the talent pool available to the industry though," he said.

Planned high-speed rail links could dramatically cut journey times to cities including Manchester and Leeds. Future schemes could see travel times from London to Glasgow cut from 4hr31 to 3hr30.


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