The West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority and the Rail Delivery Group are proposing that HS2 should be linked to the existing railway in central Birmingham so that some trains could serve New Street station as well as the new Curzon terminal planned alongside Moor Street station. The idea of such a connection is disclosed in written evidence from the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Select Committee. The suggestion has come at the same time as an independent think tank has concluded that high speed rail is a catalyst for economic regeneration.
Punctuality across Britain’s rail network has continued to decline – with only 84.6 per cent of trains within 5 or 10 minutes of right time in the past month, and only 55.4 per cent ‘on time’. c2c Rail had the best punctuality in the four weeks ending 8 November, with 96.9 per cent of its trains arriving within 5 minutes of schedule – while Southern had the poorest , with 78.7 per cent of its services arriving within 5 minutes of right time.
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