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HS2 and the HSUK scheme

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The government’s strategy to build HS2 is utterly misguided, and totally unacceptable. Most of its stations are disconnected from the existing network, and HS2’s planners don’t know how it will be linked. They say it’s not their job -– it’s up to Network Rail and local planners to build the connections and make the system work. So say engineers Colin Elliff and Quentin Macdonald, in an outline of their alternative high speed scheme called ‘HSUK’.

Unfortunately, the details of the Elliff / Macdonald scheme are rather sketchy, and the website doesn’t seem to be quite finished.

Unfinished HSUK description (6 March 2014)

But there is enough description to see that the HSUK proposal is for a new-build four-track “M1-aligned” high speed trunk from London Euston, with a ‘spine & spur’ configuration. Mr Elliff and Mr Macdonald claim that HSUK, would offer

* 25% cost savings over HS2

* 40% journey time savings across the entire intercity network

* 600 million tonnes potential savings in transport CO2 emissions

* minimised environmental damage through aligning with motorways

* a balanced national rail network efficiently interlinking all major cities; this will transform regional economies.

On one page the design speed of HSUK is stated as 360 km/h.

HSUK 'faq6-page', 6 March 2014, stated HSUK design speed as 360 km/h

But on another, the proposed top speed is stated as 300 km/h.

HSUK 'compare by environment' page, 6 March 2014, gave HSUK speed as 300 km/h

All in all, quite confusing.

HSUK writeup page, but no writeup - 06 Mar 2014

Written by beleben

March 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Very good. Nice map. And, may I say that the HSUK route and green text bears quite a resemblance to HS2 Plan B:


    Whatever; getting any alternatives (or part alternatives) properly aired is the problem. Whitehall doesn’t want its HS2 strategy questioned. MPs can complain about but not vote against HS2 impacts in their constituencies. HS2 Ltd is funded to tough it out until the general election next year. And HS2 and regional development options are over the heads of most others, anyway.

    So, the alternatives would appear to need convergence to make progress.

    Michael Wand

    March 7, 2014 at 5:04 pm

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