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Not in their interests

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According to Network Rail, the 3-trains-per-hour Virgin timetable to Manchester and Birmingham reduces capacity on the West Coast Main Line.

The 3-intercity-trains-per hour timetable pattern is 'inherently incompatible with maximum utilisation on key route sections including London Euston and Milton Keynes Central where the Rules of the Plan planning headway is 3 minutes. With at one or more repeating 20 minute even interval services in each hour the theoretical quantum is reduced by 2 trains per hour. There is, therefore, effectively a cap below 100% by virtue of this passenger presentation and marketing led timetable structure to maximise revenue.'

Why have Virgin not requested the Office and Rail and Road to look at recasting the timetable, to allow 4 trains each hour to Manchester and Birmingham?

According to Network Rail, the 3 trains per hour timetable ‘maximises revenue’. In other words, it is not in the interests of Virgin Trains to run 4 trains, because net income would fall.

Written by beleben

September 22, 2016 at 10:31 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  2. […] a timetable recast, the current signalling would allow 16 trains across the four hour peak. If those trains were […]

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