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HS2 and Liverpool railfreight make-believe

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Professor Michael Parkinson of Liverpool University has long been convinced of the benefits of bringing HS2 to Liverpool. All the investment in the Port is “pointless if you can’t get freight on direct, fast links to London and the rest of the country”, he said.

But how would bringing HS2 to Liverpool provide direct, fast freight links to London and the rest of the country? It is not intended to carry any railfreight, and in the current scheme there is no way of running goods trains by day, or by night, on HS2. It’s worth bearing in mind that the practical speed limit for real (non-parcels) railfreight is around 150 km/h.

What about released railfreight capacity on existing lines? According to the government, HS2 would free up about ten paths per day, per direction, on the West Coast Main Line trunk. If the Port of Liverpool were allocated those paths, that would be at the expense of London Gateway, the Haven Ports, etc. Only in the land of make-believe is it possible to allocate ‘released capacity’ paths twice, or thrice over.

The five TGV Postale operating in France for 'light freight' (parcels) have been declared 'uneconomic'

The five TGV Postale operating in France for ‘light freight’ (parcels) have been declared ‘uneconomic’

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Written by beleben

August 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Posted in Freight, High speed rail, HS2, Liverpool

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