The £583 million siesta
The cost of a 200-metre HS2 captive trainset was £26.5 million (in 2011 prices), according to the March 2012 HS2 Ltd Cost and Risk Model Report.
Providing the Y network’s Leeds — London, Birmingham — London, and Manchester — London services would require 47 captive sets (according to HS2 Ltd).
However, for most of every day, 22 of those would be sitting in sidings (according to HS2 Ltd).
Unfortunately, the £583 million captive train ‘siesta’ is just the tip of HS2’s iceberg of resource waste.