The Eurostar connection
“… so that regional Eurostars can run directly to and from the West Midlands and the North West…”
Sound familiar? Sound like something you’d find in the HS2 documents?
It’s not in the HS2 documentation though. It comes from a glossy 1998 brochure about the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
The promise of links from north of London to the continent through the Channel Tunnel Rail Link – now known as HS1 – was brought up by a member of the public at the Euston road show. He said that HS1 had been supported through Parliament by MPs from the north and Scotland, with talk of direct links to the continent. These direct links from the ECML and the WCML, described in the 1998 brochure, never happened.
And as we reported yesterday, the government is encouraging the people in the north to support the £17 billion project to build HS2 from Euston to Birmingham, but saying it would be “too difficult” to get a network to the north through Parliament.
It looks like another set of implied promises to businesses in the north that they wriggle out of later.
The full paragraph from the brochure:
“The Channel Tunnel Rail Link is not just for London and the south east. A connection to the West Coast Main Line will be built near St Pancras so that Regional Eurostar trains can run directly to and from the West Midlands and the North West. From St Pancras, Regional Eurostars can reach the East Coast Main Line to serve Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.”