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Network Rail: HS2 means zero path release on the Coventry line

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The first phase of HS2 “would be most useful in releasing capacity to recast the south end of the West Coast Main Line and the corridor through Coventry into Birmingham” (wrote HS2 chief engineer Andrew McNaughton).

[‘The capacity benefits of HS2’, Andrew McNaughton, The Rail Engineer, Jan 2014]

The former will then accommodate the growth into London and the latter high frequency metro style services that Centro envisages.

Of course, there is no way of running a true ‘high frequency metro style service’ between Coventry and Birmingham unless

(i) all freight and fast passenger trains (i.e. services not stopping at Adderley Park, Stechford, Lea Hall, Marston Green, Hampton-in-Arden, Berkswell, Tile Hill, and Canley) are taken off the tracks, or

(ii) extra tracks are built.

In Network Rail’s “Future Priorities” study, the quantum of released path capacity on the Coventry — Birmingham line is shown as zero.

Network Rail 'Future Priorities' study showed capacity release of zero on the Coventry -- Birmingham line

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Written by beleben

April 22, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. […] Freeing up capacity on the congested West Coast Main Line will allow more frequent commuter and regional services and more rail […]


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