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Support high speed rail plans says Visit Manchester boss

New link 'crucial' to Manchester

Written by . Published on June 13th 2011.

Support high speed rail plans says Visit Manchester boss

VISIT Manchester, the tourist board for Greater Manchester, has urged people to support plans for a new High Speed Rail (HSR) network across Britain, which it claims is ‘crucial’ to Manchester’s future as a leisure and business destination.

As part of the plans, a new Y-shaped line (High Speed 2) will link London to Manchester, and also Birmingham, Leeds, the East Midlands and South Yorkshire. High Speed 2 will also connect to the existing High Speed 1 line and into Heathrow Airport.

If given the go-ahead, the network would cut journey times from Manchester, including the trip to London being reduced to 80 minutes, instread of the current journey time on just over two hours. Manchester would also connect to Heathrow and the journey time to Birmingham would be cut from 90 minutes to 40 minutes. in 40 minutes (currently takes 90 minutes).

The HSR would also deliver a huge increase in rail capacity.

Paul Simpson, managing director of Visit Manchester, said the HSR would ‘contribute heavily to the city-region economy’, and strengthen Manchester’s position as a tourism destination.

He said Visit Manchester had written to the Secretary of State for Transport expressing support for the scheme and said others should do the same.

The consultation closes at midnight on 29 July. You can have your say online at: http://highspeedrail.dft.gov.uk/

For more information about the campaign for High Speed Rail, visit: http://www.campaignforhsr.com

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJune 16th 2011.

We dont want or need 'More tourism" its strangling this city! people are already falling off the pavements as it is!i avoid town most days now cos its so busy! how is that a good thing? increasing tourism is all well and good, keeps town planners, greedy letting agents, supermarket giants, hotels in business, but it slowly squeezes out the indigenous folk too, in terms of higher and higher rents and having to compete increasingly for jobs in a recession when people come and relocate from London Birmingham etc. Does the council really think this is a good thing for true Manchester folk? Do they care? Nope. The spin is its a great thing for Manchester and we all benefit!! We dont see much trickle down effect exactly as it is, and theres lots of investment in this city. You hardly hear a Manc accent in town now and its such a shame. Manchester is hardly a middle class city! yet we seem to be slowly being squeezed out by this minority. Look at Mediacity, a good case in point. Would hate to see the price of a 5 bed gaff in Didsbury in the next year! Speed and money isnt what the city should be about, quality of life for people who hail from here doesnt seem to be taken into account at all. Urbis now it is the National Football Museum allegedly will attract 400,000 "visitors" a year, but the decision makers are just adding to an already small, congested city increasing stress and pollution levels along the way, we can't just ignore this fact. It is slowly becoming a victim of its own success. Sorry. Will metrolink prices decrease to a more user friendly amount? say travel anywhere for a quid within a 5 mile radius say? Doubt it. I used to jib it to Old Trafford (3 stops on tram cos i wasnt prepared to pay 3 quid for the privilege) but the ridiculous fines will force people to pay make Serco's shareholders even richer and congestion charge being brought in in 2013 will force us off the roads too! oh dear......

Charlie ButterworthJune 16th 2011.

Anonymous rubbish. The high speed rail link is vital for the economy because we need it to grow, and we need more tourists...don't be ridiculous. Who by the way are Manchester's indigenous folk?

SmittyJune 16th 2011.

Anonymous, what planet are you on?

Calum McGJune 16th 2011.

Yes, let's keep Manchester in the dark ages, get rid of electricity, bring back the cotton mills and also slavery. To hell with anything that will improve Manchester, make it better connected, bring benefits to our economy, bring us within 80 minutes of our world-class (and ridculous but amazing) capital city... No, wait... :)

Calum McGJune 16th 2011.

(You'll find Serco have not run the tram system for many years and I hope that the scum who don't pay the fares are caught - why should I subsidise the tram system for others?)

AnonymousJune 16th 2011.

Yes we disagree, shock horror! It sure aint run for the people is it? Who lives in the dark ages? not me or Manchester. Are you a southerner by any chance? hahah maybe if prices were more affordable people wouldnt mind paying for it (the tram). Like most things in the private sector most things that serve the mass communities are run for maximum profit then you end up with Southern Cross scenarios and the inevitable dichotomy of quality v value for money. Metrolink doesnt tick any boxes YET in terms of value for money, although theres always room for improvement, we'll see. Adding new routes doesnt solve the overinflated prices does it? Then you also read that the boss of ex GMPTE was on half a million a year! Utterley distasteful. We already have slavery in Manchester by the way! its called "the customer service worker" which is a knock on effect of increased tourism ironically more coffee shops, cafes, shops etc! earning minimum wages at fancy high spec hotels charging the earth and not passing it on! Sheer exploitation. Folk have been shipped in from Africa, Poland some working for a lot less, oh and the poor working classes who have no options but to take these low paid jobs trying to pay bills and rent! Maybe you should wake up to the reality of the situation in this city visit the inner suburbs if you dare on a tourist trail perhaps? The side the city doesnt want you to see!

Charlie ButterworthJune 16th 2011.

I think Anonymous has lost the plot completely. I live in the inner suburbs. And I love it.

espoirJuly 12th 2011.

We need through trains to the continent i.e. Brussels, Paris etc and occasional trains in summer to the south of France. I will never travel to Europe by train if I have to use the underground and change to another station with my suitcases, no way. I want a through trains to the continent.

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