HS2 works at Old Oak Common
As previously reported on the Beleben blog, the construction of HS2 would create more disruption than upgrading the existing railway.
(In many cases, ‘upgrading the existing railway’ does not mean ‘trackside intervention on the existing railway’. For example, recent capacity enhancement on the West Coast Main Line was brought about by ordering more rolling stock – Pendolino carriages and Desiro trainsets.)
Much of the London disruption created by HS2 originates from the idea of funnelling all intercity traffic to / from the Midlands and North of England along a single pair of tracks into Euston. However, transport disruption would not be confined to Euston.
For example, at Old Oak Common, there is the intention to relocate ‘1700 metres’ of the existing railway to make room for the HS2 interchange. At the time of writing, no information is available about the disruption period or delays associated with building that interchange.