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HS2 cycle route gimmick

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With ear-splitting very high speed trains passing up to 36 times an hour, the attractions of bicycling alongside the HS2 railway are not immediately apparent. But in December 2013, the Department for Transport awarded Royal Haskoning DHV (UK) and Phil Jones Associates an £82,500 contract to study the feasibility of building a cycleway in the corridor of the HS2 railway.

[‘Boris backs cyclepath along HS2 rail route‘, The Times, March 11 2014]

Phil Jones, a transport planner working on the consultation, said […] the route would only “piggy back” directly alongside the HS2 line for short distances.

A usable HS2 cycle route would need to be around 4 metres wide, so the additional land take could have substantial cost implications. The feasibility of a cycle path in tunnel sections would be minimal.

The visual appeal for cyclists could be quite limited, because of the need for access control fencing. If ballasted track were chosen, security fencing might also be needed to prevent loose stones being projected onto the cycle path.


Written by beleben

March 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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