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Devon and Cornwall versus HS2

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The Institute for Transport Studies’ Tom Worsley has said it would be “very difficult” to get a second railway into the South West approved, despite the line at Dawlish being destroyed by storms.

[Storm-hit Dawlish: ‘Difficult’ to get alternative rail line, BBC, 2 March 2014]

Prof Jon Shaw, from Plymouth University, said: “We’re going to have a lot of competition [for funding], we’ve got a big hurdle to overcome to convince the government we need the money first this time instead of it going elsewhere.”

A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: “Network Rail has been asked to look at options for Dawlish including a review of securing the coastal line and the feasibility of alternative routes.

Ninety per cent of travellers to the South West, and maybe ninety-nine per cent of freight, go by road. Both the Great Western and HS2 could be described as loss-making infrastructure.

However, the effort and works in creating the Great Western are largely sunk costs, and building a few kilometres of new track to secure access to the South West has a far better equity case than building hundreds of kilometres of vanity trackage to serve places which are already linked by multiple rail and motorway systems.


Written by beleben

March 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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