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HS2 and West Yorkshire

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Yorkshire Needs HS2 is a pro-high-speed rail campaign led by Yorkshire local authorities, with a message reminiscent of the West Midlands campaign (Go HS2).

A significant number of the journeys currently made to London and other destinations on the East Coast Main Line, which along its length handles long-distance expresses, local services and freight trains, would be transferred to the HS2 high-speed route.

This would free up the space in the timetable and on track for more, fast, frequent commuter services between Leeds and growing population and business centres such as Wakefield, Sheffield and Doncaster.

Additional capacity would also become available for freight services, particularly fast container trains from the South and East Coast ports to the Midlands and North, thereby helping to reduce the number of lorries on the motorway network.

In HS2 phase one, the new track would run only to Staffordshire, so there would be no effect on capacity in Yorkshire. In phase two, new track would be extended to West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, and bringing the national total of true HS2 stations to eight or nine.

HS2 Ltd’s scheme appears to comprise parkway-type stations in ‘South Yorkshire’ and the ‘East Midlands’, with only Leeds having a centrally located station. This would probably make the existing network faster for journeys between the central business districts of Sheffield and Leeds, and Nottingham.

Given the existence of alternative routes between Leeds, Doncaster, and Sheffield, it’s hard to see how HS2 would provide a noteworthy capacity uplift on the Yorkshire network. And owing to the paucity of destinations on the Y network, it’s hard to see how conventional intercity services could be cut without reducing connectivity.

Railways in the Leeds Wakefield area, showing a possible Midland Mainline electrified route

Written by beleben

January 3, 2012 at 12:00 am

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  1. All points to the fact that the proper route to develop is a central spine route providing the shortest routes to Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and key cities on the central spine as well as being equi-distant from the East & West coast. It has a Midland Main line which can be re-quadrupled plus a parallel strand in the former Great Central route which has substantial sections still with rails and a high speed alignment with Berne gauge clearances in the original construction, taking it in to the centre of Leicester, Nottingham, Sheffield and Manchester, and providing a shorter Sheffield-Leeds option than the Midland Main Line via Wakefield Kirkgate.

    There does remain an option to see if this central core route, easier to reach from the ECML as well as the WCML would make a better solution as it can be used to deliver both a 7-day railway through interoperability with the two outer main line routes , and possibly by-pass or mitigate some or the bottlenecks (Welwyn, Newark &c).

    Dave H

    January 3, 2012 at 2:36 am

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