'14 years' rail plan disruption

An alternative to the HS2 would result in 14 years of weekend rail closures that would "cripple" the three main routes to the north, according to a Government commissioned report out today.

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Rival plan to HS2 would 'reopen the Great Central line'

The Labour MP for Luton North, Kelvin Hopkins has joined hauliers and leading supermarket groups and to draw up plans to reopen the former Great Central line instead of committing to HS2, according to the Telegraph.

The Great Central Railway plan shows branch lines and alternative routes. Credit: Railway Archive
The southernmost part of the Great Central Railway plan. Credit: Railway Archive

The paper claims he has handed his plans to individuals including Mr Balls and is understood to have received a positive response.

For more on the Great Central line visit this archive.

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