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Adonis Euston wrecking ballIn January 2012, HS2 granddaddy Lord Adonis told the BBC his new railway was needed “despite the £10bn upgrade on the West Coast Mainline, and performing ‘open heart surgery on a Victorian railway’ would not solve capacity problems on the existing network”.

The truth, of course, is that

  • there was no “£10 billion upgrade” on the West Coast Main Line — most of the money was spent on renewals and maintenance catch-up
  • HS2 could not “solve capacity problems on the existing network” — because the biggest capacity problems are on lines south and east of London

and

  • constructing HS2 would mean prolonged and massive open heart surgery on the existing railway. Most notably, at Euston — the busiest point on the West Coast Main Line — and at Crewe.

Building HS2 would be far more disruptive to the transport network than upgrading existing trackage. For all its faults, the October 2014 HS2 Stoke Route business case did highlight the huge disruption involved in the David Higgins / Cheshire East “Basford parkway” scheme.

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Written by beleben

October 17, 2014 at 10:05 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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