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HS2 and regional connectivity

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The HS2 project is designed to connect three provincial cities (Manchester, Leeds, and Birmingham) to London, and makes little to no allowance for railfreight, or regional connectivity.

As well as freeing up funds for transport modernisation in the metropolitan areas, cancellation of HS2 would facilitate better inter-regional access. Here are some of the possibilities in southern England.


London — Manchester via reactivated Great Central

Concept: Transfer Manchester -- London intercity trains from the West Coast route to a reactivated Great Central via a connection near Brinklow

Concept: Transfer Manchester — London intercity trains from the West Coast route to a reactivated Great Central line, via a connection near Brinklow. Run the Manchester trains immediately in front of or behind Birmingham fast trains on the Chiltern route south of Ashendon.

Benefits: Capacity release on the West Coast Main Line south of Rugby. Longer trains between Manchester and London (with the same per-train capacity as HS2).


St Pancras — Luton — Bletchley commuter access

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Concept: Provide an eastern rail access to southern Milton Keynes from St Pancras via a connection between Ridgmont and Sundon.

Benefits: Capacity release on the West Coast Main Line south of Rugby. Increased resilience and connectivity between Milton Keynes and London (with the same level of released commuter capacity as HS2).


Wolverhampton — Northampton — Cambridge — Stansted

Concept: Use a rebuilt Northampton to Bedford and Varsity railway to run fast trains between the West Midlands, Northampton, Cambridge, and Stansted Airport

Concept: Use a rebuilt Northampton to Bedford and Varsity railway to run fast trains between the West Midlands, Northampton, Cambridge, and Stansted Airport.

Benefits: Improved East – West rail connectivity in south central England. Better access to Stansted Airport.


London Crossrail 2 Stansted via Epping

Concept: Provide better regional rail access to Stansted Airport and Cambridge by building London Crossrail 2 via Epping and Sawbridgeworth

Concept: Provide better regional rail access to Stansted Airport and Cambridge by building London Crossrail 2 via Epping (re-using parts of the Central Line) and Sawbridgeworth.

Benefits: Better access to Stansted Airport. Commuter capacity relief on the Harlow route.


Yorkshire — East Midlands — Thames Valley direct access

Concept: Reactivate the Great Central and High Wycombe - Bourne End railway to provide intercity rail access to Heathrow from the North

Concept: Reactivate the Great Central and High Wycombe to Bourne End railways to provide intercity service to Heathrow from North and south central England (via the proposed Windsor connection or an alternative western access).

Benefits: Direct access to the Thames Valley and Heathrow Airport from the East Midlands, and North of England.

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Written by beleben

December 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Taking the local services (WFJ-EUS and MKC/TRI-EUS) into tunnel at Camden and then through a 2/4 platform station below ground at Euston, and thence on below Tottenham Court Road (with a connection to Crossrail) and up through Charing Cross would remove a lot of train reversals and path loss from same, generated by local services. There would also be better utilisation of the trains by the through running and use on services South of the Thames.

    With this system it may also be an option to run the Tring services onwards to Bletchley (runs fast whilst current MKC service does stops behind it?), and then, with the electrification of Bletchley-Bedford, replacing the diesel service with a contingency route to back-up Thameslink, and offer the options to close part of either route and serve it using the other route as a ‘bridge’

    Charing Cross could be used in the same way as Gare d’Orsay – retaining the fine train shed as a public space and sending trains below using fewer platforms.

    Options to the South could include using the WFJ high capacity metro trains to boost metro capacity South of the river, again getting greater utilisation from the trains not terminating at Charing Cross as well as the trains coming through from Euston.

    A connection across to Waterloo International (through the redeveloped Elizabeth House/Eurostar House area would provide the options for metro services taking over for Queenstown Road and added Vauxhall capacity, and potentially running this service through to Wimbledon via East Putney as a LOROL route – using the space for 2 extra running lines between CLJ and Wandsworth Town, and rising up (possibly with a 2-level station, to connect with the flyover and connection to East Putney just West of Wandsworth Town.

    The services currently operated by 350’s could have a variety of options, obviously they are basically 450’s and so could run to SWT destinations, or they could run to Hastings, Dover, Ashford instead.

    A grade-separated junction just North of Wembley Central would provide a choice of Marylebone/St Pancras* or Euston without the 46 minute penalty currently placed on any services from Euston to Birmingham through the need to go via Ealing Broadway and Greenford using very slow speed routes, often with just a single line connection. The junction could also provide for running trains from WCML in to Wembley Stadium, and through to HS1 if a connection is made at W Hampstead/St Johns Wood (a connection to HS1 already exists at Maiden Lane)

    The biggest gain would be in clearing the throat at Euston from the many local train movements, and the DC services, and offering a potential to increase the frequency of these services with the through station.

    The same streamlining of paths in to Waterloo and Charing Cross would offer greater capacity on these routes as well by removing that constraint of termination and reversal of trains with a very limited number of tracks

    The new underground Euston station would also offer the opportunity to finally deliver a direct connection between Euston Square and the main line Euston Station

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    December 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm

  2. from “South Eastern Railway” on wikipedia …

    “On 16 August 1866 the SER agreed with the London and North Western Railway to build a joint line between Euston railway station and Charing Cross, with interchange of traffic, but the scheme was abandoned as a result of the 1867 financial crisis.”

    also – have a look at the 1980 BR proposal of a Euston – Victoria “Thameslink” line. In my opinion, this would be much better than HS2 and the proposed Crossrail 2.

    by the way – the junction to the west of Wandsworth Town Station is known as Point Pleasant junction

    Richie S

    December 10, 2013 at 9:42 pm

  3. […] GC reactivation could be realised at a fraction of the cost of HS2, thereby allowing a range of other transport schemes to be […]

  4. I like your idea for cross rail 2 except for one thing, would you include a new station in Harlow or just have Harlow Mill station rebuilt?

    Peter O'Reilly

    January 31, 2015 at 11:50 am


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