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HS2 and decreased capacity

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According to Network Rail, HS2 ‘releases capacity’ for ‘faster, more frequent trains’ on the West Coast Main Line.

Network Rail claims HS2 releases capacity for faster, more frequent trains

However, the available evidence suggests that HS2 is more about ‘decreased capacity’ than ‘released capacity’.

On the busiest section of the West Coast Main Line – the London approach – the number of tracks would be permanently reduced from six to five, so at any one time, inbound and outbound capacity would not be equal.

HS2 Ltd, Euston overview, approach track diagrams 2018 to 2026

This problem would be compounded by the number of classic platforms at Euston reducing from 18 to 13.

Euston platform build sequencing, AP3 (HS2 Ltd)

At St Pancras, hundreds of millions of pounds were spent on a cack-handed redesign of the station, which left the Midland Main Line with just four platforms. Despite growing commuter demand from the east of London, half the capacity of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1) goes unused, because it, and New St Pancras, was not designed to take trains from Essex.

Is Theresa May’s government really going to proceed with an even bigger botch?

Written by beleben

November 22, 2017 at 12:49 pm

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  1. With reference to the graphic for platform closures ate Euston, I think you will find that platforms 16, 17 & 18 are closed several years earlier than 2026, this being the target date for the opening of Phase 1. I would suggest 2019 / 20 be closer to the truth.


    November 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm

  2. So how is Adding more tracks decreased capacity total number is 23 in 2033 and 18 Now. 23-18 = 5 EXTRA tracks


    November 23, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    • It’s CLASSIC lines reduced…
      18 now 13 predicted future…

      Fiona Banks

      November 24, 2017 at 8:24 pm

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