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David Begg
Why it is crucial for the East Midlands to be on the High Speed Rail Network?

Thursday 19 January 2012

Lecture abstract:

A new high speed rail network in Britain would transform the country's economic geography. It would bring our key cities closer together, enable businesses to operate more productively, support employment growth and regeneration, provide a genuine alternative to domestic aviation and create a platform for delivering long-term and sustainable economic growth and prosperity.

In this lecture, Professor David Begg discussed the case for British High Speed Rail Network (HSR) and addressed how the HSR falls down to capacity rather than speed, considering the arguments both for and against the proposals.

Speaker biography:

David Begg is a non-executive board member for a major private sector transport company and leading airport company, chairman and adviser on public sector transport boards, a publisher and director of a transport consultancy.

Positions currently held: Non-Executive Board Member, FirstGroup; Non-Executive Board Member, BAA; Member of High Speed Rail 2 External Challenge Group; Chairman, British Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure Commission; Adviser to Greater Manchester Transport Executive; publisher and contributor, Transport Times, a monthly magazine covering surface transport; Director, Campaign for High Speed Rail; Director, Portobello Partnership, a transport consultancy which provides strategic advice and runs conferences and major transport awards: National, London and Scottish Transport Awards; Visiting Professor in sustainable transport, Plymouth University.

David Begg