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Crewel delusions, part five

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In ‘The tunnel or the hub‘ (14 October 2016), the Beleben blog exclusively reported that HS2 Ltd’s planned tunnel under Crewe, and the HS2 Ltd / Network Rail plan for a ‘hub’ station south of Crewe, were mutually incompatible proposals. The reasons were set out in ‘Crewel delusions part four’ (9 October 2016).

So, was the Beleben blog analysis correct?

Network Rail U-turn on Crewe station relocation revealed in DfT command paper, 15 November 2016: 'if the Crewe Hub scheme is to be taken forward, it should be located at the site of the existing station'

As can be seen, Network Rail have done an embarrassing hard U-turn at Crewe station, and are now ‘recommending’ that their previous recommendations are ignored.

HS2 chairman David Higgins also emerges from the debacle with more egg on his face, after having been completely taken in by Steer Davies Gleave’s absurd ‘case for relocating Crewe station’ report.

'David Higgins backs crewe hub plan' report in Crewe and Nantwich guardian, 2014-03-17

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November 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm

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  1. One can imagine CheshireEastandCreweCouncil now being just as disappointed as Hull though it still lives in hope and anticipation. Dream on!

    Beleben Pt4 quotes DfT: “…a Crewe Hub station which would allow additional HS2 services to call at Crewe”.
    Which ones would be worth the massive if not impossible cost and works. Perhaps Mcr-Birm but not the Mcr-Euston with would fail the 68 min test, and what about the now floated possibility of routing some (?) via Stoke?

    The latest Command Paper is a load of ‘copy and paste’ but showing even less conviction in Mcr Apt station with its stopping and fast lines – again, for how many trains per hour when many still believe HS2 will be used as a fast service between Mcr City and Apt.

    The mire just gets deeper.

    CLaud Adonut-Know

    November 17, 2016 at 12:54 pm


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