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Developing Great Central connectivity

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Calvert interchange concept (Beleben)

Indicative Calvert GC / Varsity interchange station concept (Beleben)

One of the many shortcomings of HS2 is the lack of connectivity benefits for places between Birmingham and London. If the Great Central route between Calvert and Leicester were reactivated, it would be possible to provide connectivity for points such as Woodford, Brackley, and Calvert.

Indicative WCML - Great Central East of Rugby interconnection concept (Beleben)

Indicative WCML – Great Central East of Rugby interconnection concept (Beleben)

Interconnection of the Great Central with the West Coast Coast Main Line could be implemented by a chord running to the east, or west, of Rugby.

Written by beleben

December 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Posted in Great Britain, HS2, Planning

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  1. Perhaps better to consider the reinstatement of the grade separated high speed junction at Ashenden rather than the congested and slower route via Aylesbury. Chiltern has kept the earthworks and alignment of the Birmingham lines so that this could be delivered without major earthworks. The GC/GW joint line crosses the WCML just North of Wembley Central, with a 4 track wayleave that here has just 2 tracks on the outer edges. It looks possible here to have a dual grade-separated junction – from Up WCML to Wembley Stadium Station – for football matches & events (and a connection to the North and West London orbital lines) and from Down WCML to the GW-GC as a fast alternative route to Birmingham and Rugby, at last delivering that contingency of a second route which exists from Rugby Northwards.

    The key towns which reconnect with the railway are Daventry, Brackley and Buckingham, all gaining a potential train service taking an hour or less to reach London, and similarly fast connections for Birmingham and the North. With that sort of journey time this should
    cut road traffic demand for the M1/M40 and the Park & Ride at WCML stations.

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    December 8, 2014 at 8:22 am

    • Would you close Sudbury & Harrow Road and Sudbury Hill Harrow stations ? They have very little use as the LU Piccadilly stations are close by.


      December 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm

  2. Using the alignment of the Great Central and Midland Counties lines between HS2 at Calvert, Rugby, Countesthorpe and South Wigston would be an ideal replacement for the eastern part of the HS2 “Y”, not least because this scheme would not have the flaw of bypassing Leicester and the South Midlands.

    Re-quadrupling the track between South Wigston and Syston Junctions would allow through running to the Midland Mainline North of Leicester to Sheffield and reopened Midland services to Leeds and Bradford.


    December 12, 2014 at 3:27 am

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