How would HS2 ‘free up space for faster, more frequent trains’?
According to Network Rail, “HS2 frees up space for faster, more frequent trains” on the West Coast Main Line.
But the HS2 Economic Case is built on billions of pounds of ‘cost savings’ from running fewer trains on the existing track.
Professor Andrew McNaughton’s February 2015 “Released Capacity” slides suggested that HS2 would not allow long distance services to be removed from the West Coast Main Line. Judging by page 13 of his presentation, it is hard to see how there would be “faster, more frequent trains” on the classic line.
According to ‘Released Capacity’, on the fast lines south of Rugby, fewer trains would operate. The idea that routeing trains via the Northampton loop, or inserting extra stops, would make them ‘faster’, is just silly.