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Misinformation feeds HS2 misunderstanding

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One of the most disconcerting aspects of the HS2 rail project is the lack of knowledge of politicians discussing and implementing it. For example, at a recent Birmingham city council committee meeting, Edgbaston councillor Deirdre Alden was dismayed to discover that the proposed HS2 trains from London to Birmingham were not additional to the existing West Coast Main Line services.

(HS2 Ltd’s October 2013 modelled service pattern shows intercity services on West Coast cut from 11 per hour in 2009, to 3 per hour in 2033.)

Another example of misunderstanding was provided by minister of state for transport Susan Kramer’s speech on 21 October 2013.

[speech by Susan Kramer, 21 October 2013]

[…] The overhead wiring on the West Coast line is getting on for 50 years old.

Contrary to the claim by Susan Kramer, the Fast lines overhead wiring on the busiest (southern) section WCML is not 'getting on for 50 years old'; it was replaced as part of the Route Modernisation

Contrary to the claim by Baroness Kramer, the Fast lines overhead wiring on the busiest (southern) section WCML is not ‘getting on for 50 years old’. It was replaced as part of the Route Modernisation

The ’50 years old overhead wires’ claim has also turned up in ‘Railnews‘. HS2 misinformation is being propagated in sections of the railway press (especially Railnews and Rail Magazine), and fed to clueless politicians by staff at HS2 Ltd.

Railnews: 'WCML overhead lines fifty-years-old'

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Written by beleben

November 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm

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  1. It was upgraded to cater for 125mph NOT renewed in it’s entirety – for example a significant proportion of the stanchions holding up the overhead lines date from the original electrification scheme, as do many other elements of the electrical infrastructure that powers it.

    The only ‘misinformation’ here is your misreading of an upgrade as meaning total replacement and renewal, in reality the bare minimum was done to allow the existing OHLE to cope with 125mph and even that wasn’t always done to the standard it should’ve been.

    Chris

    December 1, 2013 at 2:12 am

    • It was upgraded to cater for 125mph NOT renewed in it’s entirety – for example a significant proportion of the stanchions holding up the overhead lines date from the original electrification scheme, as do many other elements of the electrical infrastructure that powers it.

      The claims by Susan Kramer and Railnews were about **wiring** getting on for fifty years old. They were false.

      The age of stanchions is completely irrelevant, because their lifespan is a lot longer than fifty years.

      beleben

      December 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm


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