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HS2 can rely on Lilian

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Following media coverage of the March 2019 NEF report on HS2, high speed rail stalwart Lilian Greenwood MP took to twitter to claim ‘If passengers undertaking intercity journeys transfer onto HS2 it frees capacity on the existing network for more reliable stopping services & freight enabling modal shift’.

twitter, @LilianGreenwood, 'If passengers undertaking intercity journeys transfer onto HS2 it frees capacity on the existing network for more reliable stopping services & freight enabling modal shift.'

Really? Where is any actual evidence that HS2 would

(a) free any worthwhile capacity on the existing network,

(b) make stopping services more reliable,

(c) enable freight modal shift?

Only a few days ago, transport secretary Chris Grayling went to Cheshire and said HS2 would mean a 'whole load of extra space for local services'

For example, would Winsford’s one stopping train per hour become ‘more reliable’ after £60 billion has been sunk into HS2? If so, how much ‘more reliable’?

Winsford in the HS2 PFM 7.1 assumptions report

Written by beleben

March 20, 2019 at 12:29 pm

Posted in HS2

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