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HS2 chairman: gain public confidence, by talking nonsense

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Twitter @uompolicy photo, David Higgins 17 Nov 2014At the Manchester House of Commons transport select committee session on 17 November 2014, HS2 chairman David Higgins spoke of “gaining public confidence”.

[David Higgins (recording), 15:11:20 onwards]

[…] a railway line where trains travel at 220mph [~350 km/h], as opposed to 120mph [~190 km/h], clearly has, um, nearly twice the capacity, because trains travel… because you can have nearly twice as many trains on it […]

No-one on the committee questioned the claim.

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Written by beleben

November 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Trains travelling at nearly twice the speed will need a greater distance between them, due to the safety aspect, breaking distance etc.
    If a company would like to increase the capacity of trains on a track, then surely you would need to slow down the trains looking at the safety aspect, or lengthen the country?

    L Smith

    November 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  2. […] the blog HS2 chairman: gain public confidence, by talking nonsense, Beleben website, […]

  3. […] Higgins’ capacity dissemblance was revealed on the Beleben blog on 18 November 2014. But the largely trainspotter readership of Bauer’s […]


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