Birmingham spotlight – part 2


Tories would scrap runway 3,

build HS 2 instead.

Theresa Villers, the Shadow Transport Secretary, photo Conservative Central Office

(Click picture to go to original press release.)

Our campaign, not to go ahead with the 3rd runway at Heathrow but instead to plug in the airport to a future British high speed railway network, has received a boost from Teresa Villiers, the Shadow Transport Secretary.

She, told the Conservative party’s conference in Birmingham: “This is one of the hardest decisions we have faced as a party and we will not run away from it… That’s why I can announce this morning that a Conservative government would say no to a third runway at Heathrow.”

Rail alternative

She said rail could offer a viable alternative to short-haul flights and mean 66,000 fewer flights a year, about 44% of the planned capacity of the third runway.

A Conservative Government would build a new high speed rail line between Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London, which would cut journey times between Birmingham and London to 40 minutes and between Leeds and London to less than an hour and a half.

“It will leave a lasting legacy for the future – and it will lay the foundations for a high speed network that I believe will one day stretch across the country… We will target construction of the new high speed line to begin in 2015, with full completion by 2027.

We will see if the plan is included in the Conservative Party Manifesto when the elections are held. Now who do you reckon will be in power in Britain in 2015?

More information:

BBC – Tories would scrap Heathrow Plan

Arup – Arup releases plan to improve Heathrow

2 Responses to “Birmingham spotlight – part 2”

  1. Phil Says:

    This is bad news – I hate Tories for what they did to the railways amoung other things. However I suspect that only the cancelling of the runway will happen. The HS2 bit will be held up by Daily Mail readers moaning their house prices will be adversly affected by the proximity of a railway.

  2. Ruth Kelly Says:

    These proposals are politically opportunistic, economically illiterate and hugely damaging to Britain’s national interests. The Tories are posing a false choice – we need both more capacity in Britain’s airports and on our main rail lines.

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