Take us up to 2026
In August 2014 transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said he had asked HS2 Limited to work closely with the Crossrail sponsors to look at extending Crossrail services to key destinations in Hertfordshire. “Not only would this be a huge boost to passengers and the local economy, it would also provide flexibility when building HS2 into Euston, making sure we create a lasting legacy for the station.”
So it was amusing to see Timothy Mould QC — representing the Department for Transport at the HS2 LWM Bill committee — rubbishing Mr McLoughlin’s claim that Crossrail Hertfordshire would “provide flexibility when building HS2 into Euston”.
[Uncorrected transcript, 30 November 2015: Mr Timothy Mould QC, Lead Counsel, Department for Transport; and Mr Colin Elliff, for Camden Civic Society]
MR MOULD QC (DfT): In order to construct Euston Station on your phased approach you require the west coast main line Crossrail link to be in operation, do you not? That is your diversion strategy.
MR ELLIFF: It would require that to be in operation while we have constructed maybe the first four platforms on the west side before founding my construction site.
MR MOULD QC (DfT): Our estimate is that it would take us up to 2026 to construct the west coast main line to Crossrail link.