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Capex per HS2 seat

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Each and every HS2 train seat would come at a cost of at least £600,000 to public funds

Suppose HS2 phase one cost £20 billion (prolly an underestimate), including its fleet of 60 trains seating 528 people each.

One could then say that

1. the maximum capacity at any one time is only 30,000 or so (standing passengers are generally not allowed on high speed rail systems)

2. the ‘system cost per seat’ is ( £20,000,000,000 / (60 * 528) ) = ~£631,000.

Obviously, this does not include the operating costs chargeable to each seat.

Each HS2 train seat would come at a cost to public funds of more than £600,000

Written by beleben

July 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. Beleben: you make an excellent point. But: In the Parable of the Sower, it says “In the story, a sower sows seed; some seed falls on the path (way side), on rocky ground and among thorns, and it is lost, but when it falls on good earth it grows, yielding thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold.” Clearly, most politicians of all three main parties have proven to be the wayside, on rocky ground and among thorns.
    My question is, in the context of HS2, where do you cast your seed? Also, how do you, me and all those who see the utter folly of HS2, get your seed to fall on good earth and grow and yield thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold – or preferably 10,000 fold, especially given today’s £6.6 Billion contracts decisions?
    With Very Best wishes, Kevin

    Kevin Cognito

    July 17, 2017 at 9:44 pm

  2. Beleben, a PS to my earlier comment:
    Of course, according to The Times article on Sunday 16th July relating to Michael Byng’s report, the true cost of phase one is very likely to be £48 Billion, more than double the official HS2 estimate (now there’s a surprise). He should know as he’s quote “the expert who devised the standard method used by Network Rail to cost its projects.” unquote. So you can double your system cost per seat.

    Kevin Cognito

    July 17, 2017 at 10:01 pm

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