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Permanently seeking delusion

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The Green party continues to ‘promote blatant falsehoods’ about what HS2 aims to achieve, according to Permanent Rail Engineering, which claims to be ‘an organisation set up to promote all sustainable transport modes’.

twitter, @permanentrail, 'Opposition to #HS2 is socially, economically and environmentally regressive'

But ‘Permanent Rail Engineering’ appears to be little more than a twitter alias for Gareth Dennis, a lecturer at the troubled National College for High Speed Rail.

According to Permanent Rail Engineering, “HS2 will enable a homogenisation of services on the existing network… In other words, all (or at least most) trains will call at all stations but will be light, fast trains. So the number of direct services will jump by an order of magnitude. […] Once HS2 opens, not only will there be many more high speed seats available for direct travellers, but for every single station on the ECML southwards there could be 5× or even 10× that many. […] So for a station like Retford that has around 1000 seats per hour to London at peak time, a jump to 10000 or even 20000 seats per hour could be transformational.”

The benefits of HS2 could be transformational for Retford, according to the 'Permanent Rail Engineering' twitter

It seems to be the bonkers Permanent Rail Engineering that is ‘promoting blatant falsehoods’ about what HS2 aims to, or even could, achieve.

In official documents about HS2, there is no reference to a future with ‘all (or most) trains on the East Coast Main Line calling at all stations’, a ‘five or even tenfold increase in seats’ from those stations, etc.

The entire working age population of Retford is probably under 20,000, so if the alleged ‘transformational 10,000 seats per hour to London’ were actually taken up, who would be left in the daytime, to run its shops, schools, and council offices?

Written by beleben

October 4, 2018 at 9:17 am

Posted in HS2

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  1. Permanent Rail Engineering holds its Advanced Strategy Meetings when Gareth’s sole friend comes to play and Gareth’s mum lets them use the spare bedroom.


    October 4, 2018 at 1:11 pm

  2. If you go onto the PRE website and select the Projects tab ( up comes what I would stronlgy suggest is a Road network in an indeterminable location.

    Move your mouse to the screen a black box appears; go onto the box and it turnsbright pink.

    The text in the box stays the same whatever the colour of the box. It reads:

    “Network 2050: A plan for Britain’s railways
    Railway strategy things lots of text yum”

    Clearly a very professional railway consultancy.


    October 4, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    • Well spotted, thanks for the free proof-reading service.

      Though you should try building a website whilst holding down a full-time job as an engineer, a part-time job as a lecturer at multiple institutions, a writer for several publications, section secretary for my local professional institution, chair of the local cycle campaign group, member of the local rail engineer’s forum steering group, founding member of YoRIC, and goodness knows I’ve probably forgotten something else…

  3. PRE claims
    “We facilitate the collaboration of universities and railways to test new ideas and technologies.

    By working with heritage railways, we can allow full-scale testing and development in a real-world railway environment.”

    No doubt heritage railways are scrabbling to join the HS2 gravy train to test its ideas and technologies.

    Go to Projects and scroll down to find PRE’s claim that it has completed a project called “The PRE Toolbox”, an easy-to-use permanent way design tool for designers, contractors ans maintainers. Gareth once claimed that railways needed to be very straight – so that makes planning easy if you don’t care what is in the way. Perhaps HS2 used this tool.


    October 6, 2018 at 10:14 pm

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