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Using High Speed Two to Irrigate the Regions

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The UK High Speed Two (HS2) proposal has given rise to a contentious national debate. Above all, its wider/indirect impact is especially difficult to demonstrate and capture. The case for HS2 has been based on support for regional economic growth and prosperity and rebalancing the long-term North–South divide. This paper argues that one aspect has been ignored: how strategic planning could enhance the opportunities offered by HSR for urban and regional development. The first section summarizes a comparative study of two post-industrial regions (North West England; Nord-Pas de Calais) after the arrival of HSR, investigating the effect on reducing regional inequality. The second section follows the research findings by proposing a visionary investment programme for rail investment in North West England, S-Map 2032, to extend the advantages of HS2 across the region.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2013

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