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Lost in the scrum

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HS2 arrives at Euston

HS2 executives have warned that journey time savings from the “£55.7 billion” high speed railway would be “lost in the scrum of passengers, queues and poor onward connections” at Euston station, unless the “£30 billion” Crossrail 2 is built.

[HS2 warns it will not ‘work properly’ without Crossrail 2, Gill Plimmer and Jim Pickard, Financial Times, 25 Sep 2017 (paywall)]

Euston is already severely overcrowded and currently handles more than double its supposed 20m passenger-a-year capacity. With HS2, more than 10 high-speed trains an hour, each carrying up to 1,000 passengers, could cause a huge crunch.

“We are dependent on Crossrail 2 for the train line to work properly at Euston,” said one senior person at HS2.

[…] modelling by TfL shows that — without Crossrail 2 — more than 17 Underground stations would “buckle” under crowding pressures from HS2.

A case of ‘One vanity project demands another’, perhaps. The entire economic case for Crossrail 2 remains under a cloak of secrecy.

Greater London Authority refusal to provide Crossrail 2 business case info, July 2017

If HS2 cannot “work properly” without Crossrail 2, why didn’t HS2 Ltd include statements to that effect, in its economic case?

Written by beleben

September 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

Posted in HS2, Planning, Politics

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  1. And the extended journey times for so many places where HS2 cuts out the direct fast services?


    September 25, 2017 at 1:45 pm

  2. So according to HS2, the £30bn for Crossrail 2 should be added onto the HS2 budget, making the HS2 official cost about £100bn.


    September 26, 2017 at 11:43 am

  3. So the beleben proposal for a Birmingham Crossrail (earlier posting) that Birmingham FOE Engineer drafted a Soho Pool design for (involves a tram diversion, spares the school) would at least link Walsall, Bromsgrove and parts of Birmingham to the 400m long station platforms for HS2. Without the HS2 still a useful scheme. However, without a lot of effort into commections, wont HS2 be an under-used flop ?


    October 4, 2017 at 8:49 pm

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