HS2 Board on
THE High Speed 2 (HS2)
Board visited Liverpool on Thursday, 19 September 2013, to answer
questions from Liverpool City Region's business leaders, as well as
representatives of Liverpool City Council and Merseytravel. We were
kindly invited to the find out more about what was being discussed.
This video was taken by us of interviews with some of those taking
part. Also on this player is a video that has been very kindly sent
to us via HS2 Ltd: that is the HS2 promotional video. If you do not
know what the HS2 Board is responsible for, it is responsible for
developing and promoting the high speed rail network. HS2 Ltd, the
company, is owned by the Department for Transport and more
information about HS2 and also the board can be found on: -
hs2.org.uk. HS2 is being seen as an opportunity by some and also
as a massive waste of money by others.
So much so that Labour has already
stated that should they win "We are ready to cancel the
high-speed rail plan if we don't think it's good value for money and
Plunging the future of the
high-speed rail line into doubt, But despite the main link going to
Manchester many business leaders think the Liverpool City Region
would benefit from the development of HS2. So what are your views on
Please do let us know and take a
look at our video. Email us via:-
firstname.lastname@example.org and voice your views today!
To play the video please click on
Additional HS2 statistics/facts:-
► In 2008 there was 40 million tonnes of
freight through SUPERPORT. This is forecast to increase to 54
million tonnes by 2020 and to 68 million tonnes by 2030 – a 70%
increase on 2008 levels.
► Construction has started on
'Liverpool 2' – a new in-river container port at Seaforth,
due to be complete by 2015, adding half a million containers a year
to the current 700,000 a year, taking it up to a potential capacity
of 3 million containers by 2030. It will generate demand for rail
freight services across the country from Yorkshire and Humberside to
Scotland and Central and Southern England, putting LCR firmly on the
► General rail freight, including biomass
and scrap metal, is also set to rise, increasing pressure on the
local network and on access to the national route networks.
► 90% of deep sea cargo enters the UK via
the south, when 50% of the UK container market is actually closer to
Liverpool. Wider infrastructure developments supported and
stimulated by HS2 could open up the potential of SUPERPORT to whole
► In 2012 around 33,000 passengers either
started their cruise journeys in Liverpool or visited as part of a
cruise itinerary. This is set to rise to 70,000 in 2014 when the
number of cruise ships docking will double.
► In 2012 4.5m passengers used Liverpool
John Lennon Airport and rail connections a week.
► By 2023 there is expected to be 500,000
more trips a year with an overnight stay or more in the Liverpool
Air Show 2013 - Photographic Coverage - Part 2
Photographs by Patrick
THE Southport Air show took
place on 14 September 2013, after being called off due to severe
weather. But as you can see from our photographs taken on the
Saturday, this event still is truly unique and comprised a good
blend of civilian and military aircraft, despite some cancellations
of aircraft and the cancelation of the Sunday's flying. If you
did not see it this year, well it is back over next year over 20
September and 21 September 2014, we have just been told.... So
please spread the word!!!
Well done to all the partners and organisations involved in putting
on the show this year and we can not wait to next year! In this edition
we have, at the end of the photographic report, a link to some of
video footage which we took at this event! Please do not forget
to tell us your views about this year's show via emailing
If you did not see our written coverage and Part 1 of our
photographic coverage, in the previous edition, please click on
here now, but do not forget to
enjoy this weeks coverage.
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