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January 21 2012

Central Scotland High-speed rail terminus floated
Plans to build a high speed rail line connecting London with the UK’s principal cities has sparked a debate in Scotland as to where to build the northern terminus of the line.

Uo till now it had been envisaged that a station would be built in both Glasgow and Edinburgh to serve both east and west coasts but now a fresh concept is being floated, that of a Central Scotland “hub”.

The bold idea is being actively discussed as minsters realise that both Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley offer scant opportunity for expansion.

Infrastructure Secretary Alex Neil said: “What some transport experts are suggesting is that it would be beneficial to have some kind of central Scotland terminus, as it were, because from there you could go north, you could go west, you could go east, you could go to places south of Scotland.“

At present Glasgow’s High Street and Edinburgh’s Haymarket are the favoured locations for the huge new stations.

9 Comments

Chris
#1 Posted by Chris on 22 Jan 2012 at 12:30 PM
The whole purpose of High Speed Rail is to improve travel times from Britain's largest cities to London. Building a terminus in the middle of nowhere will negate any benefit.
dirige
#2 Posted by dirige on 22 Jan 2012 at 18:19 PM
God, all these recent 3D renders that appear on here have been terrible, you would think that practices would really be pulling out all the stops to make some great visualisations in today's market. I'll gladly do them for 20% less fees just to save the embarresment for all parties..
johnny
#3 Posted by johnny on 22 Jan 2012 at 22:03 PM
Quite definitely one of the worst images I have seen in a long while. Was the aim to put people off?
Neil
#4 Posted by Neil on 23 Jan 2012 at 09:12 AM
Love the power cables on the left - expertly drawn. But where are the breakdancers?
sultan of brooneye
#5 Posted by sultan of brooneye on 23 Jan 2012 at 10:51 AM
agreed Neil - the spontaneous nature of rail users is best typified by the common or garden break dancer.
christopher dinnis
#6 Posted by christopher dinnis on 23 Jan 2012 at 14:07 PM
I agree with chris a single terminal would not work a little bit of research will tell you that the hub airport for Montreal and Ottawa in Canada was a complete failure so do not repeat it here. High speed rail for Scotland is essential and should have been here years ago! Please note that electric trains only have two electrical pick ups not one on each carriage. Has the Artist ever looked at a TGV with regard to the power pick ups?
Jimbo
#7 Posted by Jimbo on 24 Jan 2012 at 10:45 AM
That graphic is hilarious! What about the train on the right which isn't sitting on rails or connected to the leccy?!? It looks like something out the transport museum! Locating the terminal at High Street would have the greatest overall positive effect... although I suspect Edinburgh would have something say about that (and vice versa if it was proposed in Haymarket in fairness).
Enjoy
#8 Posted by Enjoy on 24 Jan 2012 at 12:23 PM
The notion of a central transport hub would be a good one IMHO. In Lanarkshire perhaps, Motherwell / Hamilton area where the M8, M74 and Eurocentral can all be easily accessed as well as the main Glasgow / Edinburgh railway lines.
Brian
#9 Posted by Brian on 17 Mar 2014 at 17:56 PM
A Central Scotland High Speed terminal sounds a good idea. It would need to come as far north as Mossend and Grangemouth to maximise freight benefits. If there is ever an intention to create an Edinburgh/Glasgow High Speed route then the logic suggests an interchange station which would be equi-distant. Somewhere in the Cumbernauld/Falkirk area. Perhaps Greenhill for easy connection into North/South and East/West rail connections. High frequency connections from a hub to major centres of population is the way forward.

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