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Rail upgrades more cost-effective, and capacity enhancing, than HS2

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The notion that £9 billion was spent on a “failed upgrade” of the West Coast Main Line is an-oft repeated cozenage in HS2 fable. In fact, the planned stage two upgrade, ‘PUG2‘ programme was abandoned and replaced by a de-scoped West Coast Route Modernisation. While WCRM did have an upgrade component, it was primarily concerned with the renewal of worn-out assets.

The Association of Train Operating Companies stated that upgrades had accounted for just 15% of infrastructure spend

Even the Association of Train Operating Companies accepted that the vast majority of recent railinfra expenditure was not spent on upgrades. It stated that they had accounted for just 15% of infrastructure spend.

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Written by beleben

March 26, 2014 at 11:08 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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