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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?

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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?

    d9015

    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.

    Mike

    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 ?

    Roadman

    October 4, 2017 at 8:49 pm


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