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View: longer platforms
Every now and again, someone suggests longer platforms on the West Coast rail route as an alternative to High Speed 2 as if the idea has never come up before. It has. Nobody proposes spending £40 billion without thinking about alternatives. Here's a suggestion for the longer platforms people. Next time you're at Birmingham New Street (or Coventry, or Milton Keynes) have a walk to the end of the platform and try to imagine how it could be done. Birmingham is a particular problem. You'd have to knock down half the city-centre to lengthen platforms (not to mention the years of staggering disruption to the rail service). It's worth stressing that as far as longer platforms go, most of the low-lying fruit has already been picked.