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Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan wants business leaders to “unite behind plans for HS2 – or get used to standing all the way to London”, Business Insider reported (19 February).

[‘Back HS2 or “stand all the way to London” – Riordan’]

“The government hasn’t made the case well enough.

“But if we don’t do anything, we will be standing all the way to London. The capacity point has to be made over and over again. The time the journey takes doesn’t matter to me.”

As might be expected, there is a massive gap between Mr Riordan’s claims, and reality. According to MVA’s Demand and Appraisal v2.2 report (written to support building HS2) average weekday rail trip demand between Leeds and London would take until 2026, to reach the level of Manchester — London demand four years ago (i.e. 2010).

Furthermore, it is possible to provide intercity service to Leeds along two separate, largely-four-tracked, main lines (Midland and East Coast), both of which have plenty of spare capacity. So the ‘capacity’ case for the Eastern leg of the Y network, is even worse than that for the Western one.


Written by beleben

February 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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  1. With a new chord at Tamworth, the WCML could also be used to run trains from London to Leeds. With 16 coach trains that split in 2 (as proposed for the combined Liverpool/Glasgow service in the 2013 Atkins report), all three routes could (in theory) be used to provide more capacity to many destinations.


    February 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  2. I do not understand the problem these community leaders from Leeds have in getting to the bright lights of London and Paris. They should not have to stand. Just find some of the many empty spaces in First Class and say: “I’m with George”.
    They should also be so grateful that they do not have that awful walk from Euston.


    February 21, 2014 at 12:28 am

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