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‘No answers on how to boost capacity on the railway’

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According to the Financial Times cuts calculator, scrapping the HS2 rail project would provide £8.1 billion of savings over the remainder of the 9-year government austerity drive. But it would “leave you with no answers on how to boost capacity on the railway”.

Yet only last week, the government announced that the new East Coast Main Line franchise — awarded to a Stagecoach / Virgin joint venture — would ‘boost capacity by 50%’. And on the West Coast Main Line, capacity could be increased by 40%, with minimal infrastructure expenditure.

West Coast Fast Lines, 3-minute spacing, 80% utilisation scenario (Beleben)

The truth is that HS2 provides no answers where capacity is most needed, i.e. on the commuter tracks south and east of London.

Written by beleben

November 30, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Posted in HS2

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  1. Are you sure about “east of London” ?

    I agree with “south of London” – i.e. many of the ex-Southern Railway commuter lines.


    November 30, 2014 at 9:40 pm

  2. My Plan B alternative* to HS2 includes a rail tunnel, also proposed by BML2**, to connect the South London rail network at Lewisham to the Lea Valley, Stansted and Cambridge line at Stratford via Canary Wharf-East. Its aim is to materially relieve London Bridge and the Jubilee Line connection to Canary Wharf at peak hours and allow more Plan B trains (successors of Class 395) to run-on through Plan B’s London destination of St Pancras.

    See map at:

    * And : critiques welcome

    ** And

    Michael Wand

    November 30, 2014 at 9:45 pm

  3. Data from the Office of Rail Regulation shows that about 52% of the rail passengers travelling to London do so from the South East region. About 34% of rail passengers travelling to London do from the East of England region (East Anglia). That leaves 14% travelling from the other eight regions combined.


    December 1, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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