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The economics of Tring Crossrail

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Over the years, various ideas have been put forward to connect West Coast Main Line tracks into London’s east – west Crossrail system, but none of them were progressed. In August 2014, the idea of connecting the West Coast ac Relief lines was revived by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin — largely to reduce commuter disruption during the rebuild of Euston station for the prestige HS2 scheme. In the Mayor of London’s London 2050 report, the cost of bringing Crossrail to Tring was given as £150 million, which implied that the connection into Crossrail would make use of the Dudding Hill route.

London Midland commuter trainsets at Euston (Belebenpic)

London Midland commuter trainsets at Euston (Beleben)

Is the cost of ‘WCML Crossrail’ really only around £150 million? And how much disruption relief for a Euston HS2 rebuild would it actually provide? According to a Transport for London document, the computed benefit cost was around 2.5 — but the costs themselves were blacked out.

Transport for London WCML Crossrail Dudding Hill option summary, extract

Transport for London WCML Crossrail, Dudding Hill option summary, extract

And according to a similarly redacted Department for Transport document, the benefit cost was in the region of 0.33 to 0.87.

DfT, WCML Crossrail link, economic appraisal, v3 05 Jan 2015 (redacted by TfL)

DfT, WCML Crossrail link, economic appraisal, v3 05 Jan 2015 (redacted by TfL)

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Written by beleben

June 18, 2015 at 2:05 pm

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  1. It may be worth pointing out that the DfT are still considering progressing the WCML Crossrail link. On 18th June, the DfT published Explanatory Information for HS2 Additional Provisions (2). If you look at the page with number 3 at its foot (actually the 8th page), you will see there is the intention to provide passive provision for a WCML Crossrail link. If you follow this link, you will be accessing a 29 MB file.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/436102/Additional_Provision_2__July_2015__Explanatory_Information.pdf

    The full HS2 Additional Provisions 2 are due for publication on 13th July.

    However the situation at Euston may have changed. The latest idea appears to be that of building 6 new HS2 platforms to the west of the existing station initially. The rebuild of Euston to provide a further 5 HS2 platforms may not start until HS2 is running.
    http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/HS2-News/hs2-confirms-revised-plans-for-euston-station

    andrewbodman

    June 19, 2015 at 6:53 am


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