16 October 2015 13:00
Discover how HS2 will be good for the South West
High Speed 2 - the new rail link to connect London and Birmingham - is the subject of an open lecture taking place at Plymouth University this October.
The plans for High Speed 2, the rail link initially between London and Birmingham, and later the North of England, have attracted much attention and polarised people's opinions.
Many feel that the benefits of extra capacity and closer integration of some of the core cities come at a high economic and environmental cost, perhaps threatening other much-needed investment in rail and road corridors elsewhere.
Jim Steer, founder of Greengauge 21, which promotes the concept of a high speed rail network, will respond to these concerns in his lecture in Plymouth.
Jim will specifically refer to the position of South West England, explaining how HS2 will be beneficial, despite the region being some distance from the new route, with its existing transport links suffering from slow speeds and lack of resilience.
This lecture, open to all, will take place at Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University on Tuesday 20 October, 5.30pm - 7.00pm. The lecture will be followed by refreshments.
The event is hosted by the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Sustainable Earth Institute at Plymouth University, and is supported by the Centre for Transport & Society at the University of the West of England and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.