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If standing is a problem

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Manchester council leader Sir Richard Leese is apparently concerned that 14% of morning peak passengers coming into Manchester by rail have to stand.

[Sir Richard Leese, on the “Future of Travel” website]

A failure to invest in HS2 will lead to further congestion and see transport investment continue to be focused owards London on projects like Crossrail or the planned extensions to the Underground

However, the HS2 railway could not have much of an effect on the number of passengers having to stand into Manchester, because it would not release capacity on most routes into the city (such as the Bolton line featured in a July 2012 report by the Manchester Evening News).

It is also worth bearing in mind that several former heavy rail lines into Manchester have been (or are being) converted to Metrolink tram operation. On Metrolink, relatively few seats are provided, and more than two thirds of peak carrying capacity is accounted for by standees.


Written by beleben

April 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm

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  1. Sir Richard Leese has not done his homework. The percentage of standing rail passengers into Manchester during the morning three hour peak on a typical day in 2012 was recorded by the DfT as follows:
    TransPennine Express 23%
    East Midland Trains 10%
    Northern Rail 8%
    Arriva Trains Wales 7%
    CrossCountry 3%
    Virgin Trains 0%
    That indicates that the most crowded trains are those used by commuters rather than inter city services. The Northern Hub will be of significant benefit to rail commuters in the Manchester area (and some other northern cities) when it is opened in 2018.

    However HS2 is intended to provide more capacity on the West Coast Mainline which is at present served by Virgin Trains, the least overcrowded service currently. HS2 will not facilitate extra capacity on the train services into Manchester which are currently the most overcrowded. This view is confirmed by the HS2 Ltd Assumptions Report published in October 2013.

    Sir Richard Leese also overlooks the view held by several independent academics that HS2 is likely to suck jobs from Manchester to London.


    April 15, 2014 at 2:06 pm

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