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HS2 and reduced capacity

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According to Network Rail, HS2 ‘frees up space for more and faster trains’ on the existing railway.

But how would it do that?

'Network Rail, 'Future priorities' West Coast Main Line capacity report, 2012

Judging by the diagrams in Network Rail’s 2012 ‘Future priorities’ report,

  • there would not be more trains on the existing lines out of Euston
  • fast line trains would make more stops.

How does ‘more stops’ mean ‘faster’? The ‘Future priorities’ report ducks that question, and also the equally tricky question as to what trains would stop at Watford, Leighton Buzzard, etc.

At Euston, HS2 would reduce the number of classic platforms from 18 to 13 (some publications say 11). How taking out five or seven platforms at the terminus would allow for ‘more trains’ to run, is a complete mystery.

So, does HS2 “release” capacity at Euston, or does it “reduce” capacity at Euston?

Written by beleben

September 1, 2017 at 11:41 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. As a simple taxpayer who knows very little about railways I would like to know-
    – how many non stop inter city trains there are on wcml and ecml and
    – what stations the stopping inter city trains stop at
    As I understand it all inter city trains will transfer to hs2 so what will happen to the stopping trains?


    September 3, 2017 at 11:19 am

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