HS2 and London Midland commuting, part six
According to the government, on the West Coast Main Line, the key commuter operator into London Euston – London Midland – has seen its passenger journeys grow by 7.9 per cent from 60.5 million to 65.3 million.
However, London Midland’s “65.3 million passenger journeys” were not “on the West Coast Main Line”. That figure applied to the entirety of the London Midland franchise, including its local routes around Birmingham (such as the Lichfield – Redditch ‘Cross City line’, etc).
Unfortunately, this kind of misinformation and obfuscation can be found throughout the HS2 strategic case.