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Letters to the editor: Issue 588 20 Jan 2012

High-speed rail route is full of flaws

David HT Smith, The Thursfield Smith Consultancy, Shrewsbury SY3

Graham Nalty is right about the time penalty to passengers of having to change stations in Birmingham for high-speed rail (Letters LTT 5 Jan). Other drawbacks of the proposed scheme are the eastern arm avoiding Leicester, and the excessive time for construction – 11 years over and above the planning process.

While dealing with railway matters for Birmingham’s city engineer some years ago, I thought the best route for a high-speed line would follow the Chiltern line to Beaconsfield,...

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