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Extract from 'Virgin Trains faces competition on east coast mainline', The Guardian, 28 May 2015

The Guardian, 28 May 2015

Written by beleben

June 1, 2015 at 11:49 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Indeed one only needs to travel along WCML and spot the may places where the railways has been trimmed from 4 tracks to 2, as has the ECML between Stevenage and Peterborough especially. The Midland only recently had 4 track sections reduced, and delays at Sheffield are often caused by the absence of the former 4-track approach.

    For a number of years I used the rump of the Thames-Clyde Express which used the Midland Main Line between Carlisle & Leeds. Currently with some excellent track North of Settle, and the potential to have a link back to WCML at Tebay. Currently with long stretches of fine straight track limited to 60mph still the shortest distance between Leeds and Edinburgh, and Glasgow-Leeds via Carlisle matches via Edinburgh & York despite crippling speed limit, and consequently extended journey times Leeds-Carlisle.

    If GC/GW had been upgraded that extra step in cost to 125mph using existing trains and signalling we could now have Marylebone to Birmingham in 60-65 min. Restoring the high speed track between Northolt and North Pole (Old Oak Common) would offer the same times from Paddington, and a grade separated connection at Wembley would offer the second route for Euston between Rugby and Wembley, with an intermediate connection at Bletchley.

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    June 1, 2015 at 5:46 pm

  2. PS I would really look forward to tilting trains on ECML getting so used to the comfort of WCML and not sliding sideways on my seat which happens on the bendy parts of ECML (many of them) on the HST and IC225’s. Of course with tilt the cornering could be at higher speeds and a sub 4 hour journey easily delivered.

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    June 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm

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