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Make Central Great at the Common

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Reactivating the Great Central route to Rugby and Leicester with new connections to the West Coast and Midland Main lines would be much cheaper, less disruptive, and greener than building HS2. But how could trains from ‘GCR2’ be accommodated in London?

The Old Oak site intended for HS2 has room for a 12-platform long distance station, as can be seen by HS2 Ltd’s visualisation of the footprint of a twelve platform HS2 terminus station at Old Oak.

Old Oak, footprint of a 12 platform long distance station (HS2 Ltd, 2016)

A new long-distance (non-HS2) station at Old Oak could be built with through tracks to Paddington, but how many trains could continue to Paddington would depend on Crossrail enabling vacation of more surface platforms there. At present, Crossrail is being planned as a lop-sided project, with more services operating in east London, than in the west.

Written by beleben

August 16, 2019 at 10:51 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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  1. The clearance at Old Oak Common can deliver far more than this. There is a route to run trains Euston to Coventry when WCML is closed – but with the messy connections & the 100+mph, near straight, 4-track main line a residual 10-25mph backwater at present the journey takes 45 minutes longer.

    Some thoughtful design here – mainly on existing railway land, or land sterilised by the lines which block access, could enable the delivery of long engineering blockades of WCML, GWML, MML, & GC/GW, whilst trains could run in to PAD, EUS, or STP (or even MYB/WAT) Likewise one of the London Termini could be closed with services diverted to the others. Basically the resilience and flexibility urgently needed in the South East.

    A similar detail at Curzon Street could deliver an 18-20 platform station for Central Birmingham by connecting Snow Hill to ALL the East approaches through a grade separated junction at Proof House, and trains could exit to the West via an 800m chord at Winson Green. A 400m tunnel with moving pavement, access gatelines from Temple Row, and possibly other city centre locations connecting the Red Lounge to Colmore Square, and the existing Snow Hill platforms 4 double train length, which could be narrower, plus the lower floors of the car park(s) which could be reclaimed for rail use.

    The only route which would be hard to connect from the West end of Snow Hill would be the University Line, and a link from Five Ways to Soho could be possible

    A second, and costly addition would be to connect from Platform 5 and the adjacent track through to the New Street Eastern tunnel by dropping down on the current alignment to go under St Martins Queensway, where it rises & through the wall of the tunnel, in some respects a wasted opportunity when 15 years ago the entire hillside was removed and access to build a tunnel ‘box’ against the existing tunnel wall was presented, but not taken up.


    August 20, 2019 at 12:08 pm

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