Lords Bradshaw and Berkeley believe that the high speed lines of this country should be part of an integrated rail network with many services operating beyond the limits of high speed lines, and with the most economic and convenient links to major cities should reflect the needs of the passenger for easy interchange as well as many through services as possible.
Certainly in Phase 1 but also in Phase 2, the main purpose of HS2 is to provide additional capacity on the already congested corridor London to West midlands, the North West and Yorkshire and Humberside.
The need to build expensive underground connections to city centre termini has not been fully thought through, either in London or Manchester, whereas the alternatives of new stations not connected to other transport links is also of concern. In all cases, the benefits of through services to destinations beyond and of good interchanges, even if this involves using classic lines for the last few miles, does need thinking through with alternative costings.
Here we offer an alternative for the London terminus – ‘Euston Cross’