Over the last few years a number of people have been looking at different ways of building a second high speed rail line in the UK.
One of these is the idea proposed by Heathrow Hub. Their submission to the Transport Select Committee last year suggested an alternative to HS2 with a station at Heathrow included in the plans from the start. As their submission says
“Heathrow Hub adopts a different approach. It provides a new airport entry point located directly on the existing road and rail network, with a major intermodal interchange on the Great Western Main Line (GWML), Crossrail and the M25, (a short distance north of its junction with the M4), on a readily developable, unconstrained site less than 4km from Heathrow Terminal 5—similar to the distance between T5 and the new T2.”
Heathrow Hub Ltd have now launched a judicial review against the Department for Transport, over their decision on HS2. The ideas presented by Heathrow Hub were sent to the Dft in 2009, long before the current HS2 proposal was published.
This makes it clear that the flaws with HS2, the consultation and Justine’s decision are visible to a huge range of people, including vocal supporters of high speed rail.