WSP responds to new hub for HS2

Commenting on Sir David Higgin’s HS2 report with proposals for a new transport hub in Crewe, head of infrastructure at consultancy WSP Duncan Symonds said:

“Aside from the obvious benefits there is the added bonus for freight of diverting high speed trains away from the congested Lichfield to Crewe section of the West Coast Mainline. To maximise potential local plans for development around the hub and regional transport links would need to be expedited.

“Redeveloping Euston is also an obvious win – there are many examples of improved transport infrastructure unlocking wider economic and social benefits, you just have to look at Kings Cross and London Bridge Quarter to see the impact it can have.

“The issue of the HS1 link is slightly trickier. We can see the benefits of a link but more analysis is needed into whether there will be the demand to warrant and sustain it, and how international passport control facilities would be incorporated into current designs. We’ll be watching this issue develop with interest because from our internal debates on the matter it’s clear that there are a number of extremely complex issues to be balanced and addressed.”