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Six hundred thousand pounds per seat

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In 2013 Tim Mould QC, representing the DfT in the Supreme Court, said: “It is unarguable that high speed rail is environmentally damaging. It has never been disputed that upgrading existing lines is far less damaging environmentally.”

But in terms of transport capacity, is it arguable that high speed rail is better value for money?

All the evidence suggests that for increasing capacity, upgrading existing lines is far more cost-effective (and affordable) than new-build high speed rail.

Credo transport capacity research paper for Invensys (extract), 2007

Each seat of ‘HS2 capacity’ comes at a cost of at least £600,000.


Written by beleben

July 23, 2017 at 11:14 am

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  1. Q Asked by Lord FramlinghamAsked on: 18 July 2017
    Department for TransportHL970
    Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of trains per hour that will run between Birmingham and London Euston once HS2 is completed.
    A Answered by: Lord Callanan Answered on: 25 July 2017
    The business case for HS2 assumes that seven trains per hour in each direction will run between central Birmingham stations (Birmingham New Street and the new Curzon Street station) and London Euston. This includes three trains per hour using HS2.

    I’m confused as I thought all inter city services were moving to hs2 hence the passenger number claims
    Can anyone clarify please?


    July 26, 2017 at 6:24 am

    • Claims that HS2 would allow all inter city services to be removed from the existing railway are lacking in credibility. Presumably, in the response, the ‘seven’ refers to three ‘West Coast Partnership’ HS2, two West Coast Partnership intercity West Coast, and 2 regional West Coast (what are currently called ‘London Midland’).


      July 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm

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