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What Monday night’s Channel 4 Dispatches “completely failed to reference” is “how #HS2 will release capacity on the existing railway and particularly in Birmingham New Street. It will allow @MidsConnect to add 24 trains an hour to the #Midlands’ rail network through the #MidlandsRailHub project’, claimed Midlands Connect PR chief David Blackadder-Weinstein.

twitter, @weinsteinlinder, 'What tonight’s @C4Dispatches completely failed to reference is how #HS2 will release capacity on the existing railway and particularly in Birmingham New Street. It will allow @MidsConnect to add 24 trains an hour to the #Midlands’ rail network through the #MidlandsRailHub project'

But according to Network Rail (August 2017), the Midlands Rail Hub

  • would allow “up to 10 extra trains every hour”
  • does not depend on HS2 infrastructure being in place, at any point.

Network Rail, Midlands Rail Hub, Aug 2018

‘Midlands Rail Hub’ appears to be just a umbrella name for a random collection of different projects (which have changed over time). However, the centrepiece remains the bonkers plan to build a junction in mid-air at Bordesley, to allow trains from both Kings Norton and Water Orton to run into bay platforms at Moor Street station.

There is no truth in the claim that HS2 would ‘particularly release capacity at Birmingham New Street’, nor would “HS2 allow Midlands Connect” to add 24 trains an hour to the Midlands’ rail network.

Written by beleben

February 12, 2019 at 2:10 pm

Posted in Birmingham, HS2

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