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Tuesday, 18th March 2014

UK: HS2 Plus (Higgins Report)

Source: High Speed Two (HS2) Limited (UK)

From the Foreword:

(There are) two main transport challenges we face as a country: the lack of capacity, particularly but not exclusively south of Birmingham; and the poor connectivity in the North, not just between the region and London, but also east-west between Liverpool and Manchester, Manchester and Leeds, Leeds and Hull. Those challenges have direct consequences, not just for the economy as a whole, but for people’s daily experience and aspirations.

I believe HS2 can be the start of addressing those issues, if it keeps to a number of key principles. It must:
• stand the test of time;
• be the right strategic answer;
• be integrated with existing and future transport services;
• maximise the value added to local and national economies; and
• be a catalyst for change, both nationally and locally. These are the principles against which I have judged the proposals contained in this report.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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