The proposed route of the new high-speed rail line, at Birmingham. It seems Birmingham city centre will be served by a spur-line, which also seems likely to squish BIAD’s plans for a new-build campus near Millennium Point…

The Sunday Telegraph talks of the as-yet-unknown line further north thus…

“passes through Stoke[on-Trent] – but it is not thought that the city will have an interchange station.”

The overall aim is London to Manchester in one hour and 20 minutes, so I guess it’s understandable that they want as few stops as possible. As such, I’d imagine the Birmingham spur line might only operate a lesser shuttle service to the main line? That would certainly keep the journey time down, and possibly remove the cost of putting in large platforms capable of taking the main high-speed trains at Birmingham? It could also make building elevated sections in (or above) Birmingham city centre easier, because there would be less weight if lighter-weight shuttle trains could be used — that last blue section into Birmingham seems to imply by its blue colour that it’s an elevated or bridged section of the line?