Shelved is not paused
On 1 September transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin wrote to Lord Hollick concerning the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s questions on the HS2 scheme. As is plain to see, his answers were of ‘variable’ quality.
The signalling on the Fast lines supports 16 trains per hour (even with every fifth path unused), so one would expect 24 intercity (and 8 commuter fast) arrivals at Euston between 7am and 9am. What was the actuality?
On 4 November 2013, the government published a story titled ‘Sir David Higgins to drive down cost of HS2′, from “the Department for Transport, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited and The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP”. But now apparently, David Higgins’ remit is not to drive down the cost of HS2.
Just as well, considering his complete failure to do so.
|HS2 Y network (phase one and two)||56|
|West Midlands connectivity||6.5|
|Crewe Hub connectivity||?|
|Euston connectivity (e.g. contribution to
|Old Oak Common connectivity (Overground, etc)||?|
|Toton connectivity to Derby and Nottingham||?|
|HS2 Scotland (phase three)||20 ?|
|Leeds connectivity (rebuild of City station?)||?|