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According to Peter Brett Associates’ July 2014 economic impact report for Chiltern District Council, the construction of HS2 would generate disbenefits worth £170 million in that locality. Travel delays would account for £104 million of the total.

If the monetised delays in a part of rural Buckinghamshire added up to over £100 million, what would be the amount for Greater London, or the entirety of the phase one route? Upgrading the existing rail infrastructure would be far less disruptive than HS2, especially at places like Euston.

Crossrail 1 trains are planned to be 'about 200 metres long' - shorter, and slower, than the full length Class 350 trains operating on the WCML lines in Herfordshire

Crossrail 1 trains are planned to be “about 200 metres long” – shorter, and slower, than the full length Class 350 trains operating on the WCML lines in Hertfordshire

The government has flip-flopped on what form HS2 Euston should take, but its current preference is for a total rebuild of the site. Little information is available about the cost, the construction timescale or the disruption planning. On 7 August, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced a study into extending London’s Crossrail 1 to Hertfordshire, to make it easier to ‘improve Euston’ for HS2.

[BBC News]

[…] Mr McLoughlin said the proposals would take the pressure off the Tube’s busiest sections and make it easier to improve Euston – which will have 11 new platforms built under proposals for the HS2 high-speed rail project between London and the West Midlands – because it currently “isn’t up to scratch”.

Under the plans, the current Crossrail project would be extended through north west London to stations including Tring, Hemel Hempstead, Watford Junction, Berkhamsted and Harrow and Wealdstone.

Extending Crossrail 1 to Herts would have a ‘starting price’ of around £1 billion, but be unlikely to offer much relief during a HS2 Euston rebuild. According to the London Midland timetable, eighteen LM trains arrive at Euston on weekdays between 7am and 9am, but just three of them originate from Tring. If trains from Milton Keynes (Bucks) could be switched away from Euston, the decongestion benefit might be larger, but Crossrail 1 was not designed to perform the role of a regional express.

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August 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

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