Half of West Coast Main Line freight paths are wasted (part two)
According to the Government Response to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee report ‘The economics of HS2’,
[2.40] In 2011 around 42 freight trains per day used the West Coast Main Line. Utilisation of intermodal freight paths is around 85%.
The source given was Network Rail’s Long Term Planning Process. However, on page 75 of the October 2013 LTPP Freight Market Study it was stated that “The Freight Market Study Working Group reviewed the path utilisation factor for intermodal flows and the Freight Market Study has used an 85 per cent figure”.
That does not mean that utilisation of West Coast intermodal freight paths is around 85%.
Table 5 of the Freight Market Study also stated that Channel Tunnel intermodal freight path utilisation was around 85%. But in reality, Channel Tunnel railfreight is a small fraction of the level which was forecast before the tunnel was built.
So, there is a great deal of obfuscation going on.