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HS2 and West Coast passenger capacity

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On 29 April 2014, Robert Goodwill MP ‘answered’ the question ‘What is the percentage increase in capacity on the West Coast Main Line from HS2’, by not answering the question.

Robert Goodwill avoided answering a parliamentary question about West Coast Main Line rail capacity after HS2

As can be seen from HS2 director Andrew McNaughton’s February 2015 diagram (below), HS2 would not allow any more trains to run on the West Coast Main Line. And in HS2 Ltd’s vision, West Coast intercity and commuter trains would have pretty much the same maximum capacity as they do now.

Andrew McNaughton West Coast and HS2 capacity slides, 2015

According to Andrew McNaughton's presentation, WCML fast line train path utilisation would fall, not rise

Furthermore, the HS2 project entails reducing West Coast Main Line tracks into, and platforms at, Euston. How that is compatible with ‘increasing West Coast capacity’, has never been explained.

According to Prof McNaughton’s slides, WCML combined train paths would increase from 23 to 23, making the percentage increase 0%.

Written by beleben

October 16, 2016 at 11:55 am

Posted in gibberish, HS2

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  1. Despite the spin, HS2 is certainly all about speed, as demonstrated by the lack of intermediate stations and the hugely expensive decision to tunnel beneath Crewe in order to eliminate the possibility that Manchester trains, with vast surplus capacity, might be requested to stop in order to serve Cheshire, North Staffordshire and North Wales.


    October 16, 2016 at 6:16 pm

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