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20 Miles More: 'Shanghai - Liverpool port links would be boosted by the extra rail freight a dedicated hs2 link to Liverpool would bring'

20 Miles More: ‘Shanghai – Liverpool port links would be boosted by the extra rail freight a dedicated HS2 link to Liverpool would bring’

According to the 20 Miles More campaign, a dedicated HS2 link to Liverpool would cost between £1.5 and £1.9 billion; but they have not provided a breakdown of the figures.

At present, each hour there is one London to Liverpool intercity passenger train in the off-peak (two in the peaks), generally calling at Stafford, Crewe, and Runcorn.

If Merseyside intercity trains were moved onto a dedicated HS2 route into Liverpool, it is difficult to see

  • how Stafford, Crewe, and Runcorn could continue to be served
  • how 400-metre trains, presumably stopping only at Bickenhill, could be filled.

If a fast service were retained on the classic line to maintain connectivity, there would be no ‘released capacity’ for port of Liverpool railfreight. In any event, the released capacity from moving just one train each hour off the Liverpool to Crewe line, is not going to be worth anything like £1,500 million.

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Written by beleben

February 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm

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