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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.

Patrick McLoughlin 'answers' the first two questions from the Economic Affairs Committee

Patrick McLoughlin “answers” the first two questions from the Economic Affairs Committee

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 a weekday in May 2014, just 18 intercity trains arrived at Euston between 7am and 9am, and of those only twelve were 'full length'

On a weekday in May 2014, just 18 intercity trains arrived at Euston between 7am and 9am, and of those only twelve were 260-metre ‘full length’

Patrick McLoughlin avoids answering the question, 'Is HS2 taking money away from the existing rail network?'

Patrick McLoughlin avoids answering the question, ‘Is HS2 taking money away from the existing rail network’?

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.

Patrick McLoughlin says David Higgins has a remit to deliver value for money, managing costs

Patrick McLoughlin says David Higgins has a remit to deliver value for money, ‘managing’ costs (but not ‘driving costs down’?)

Item £bn
(2015
prices)
HS2 Y network (phase one and two) 56
West Midlands connectivity  6.5
Crewe Hub connectivity ?
Euston connectivity (e.g. contribution to
‘Crossrail 2’)
?
Old Oak Common connectivity (Overground, etc) ?
Toton connectivity to Derby and Nottingham ?
Meadowhall connectivity ?
HS2 Scotland (phase three) 20 ?
Leeds connectivity (rebuild of City station?) ?
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Written by beleben

September 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Posted in HS2

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