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One of the ‘standouts’ from HS2 chairman Allan Cook’s ‘stocktake’ report (3 Sep 2019) must surely be his claim that “Each intercity train removed [from the existing railway] releases capacity for 11 new fast commuter or freight trains“.

HS2 Ltd, Cook stocktake report, 'Each intercity train removed releases capacity for 11 new fast commuter or freight trains,
by reducing the disparity in speed between different services. The most efficient use of capacity is where all trains operate at the same speed – as is the case on HS1 and traffic on a managed motorway.'

This, of course, is not the first time a chairman of HS2 Ltd has disseminated technically illiterate nonsense. For example, on 17 November 2014, HS2 Ltd’s then-chairman David Higgins told the House of Commons transport committee that ‘a railway line where trains travel at 220 miles an hour as opposed to 120 miles an hour clearly has nearly twice the capacity because you can have twice as many trains on it’.

On 17 November 2014, HS2 Ltd chairman David Higgins told the House of Commons transport committee that 'a railway line where trains travel at 220 miles an hour as opposed to 120 miles an hour clearly has nearly twice the capacity because you can have twice as many trains on it. Once we started talking about capacity, then people started to get it.'

Borat, thumbs up

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Written by beleben

September 5, 2019 at 3:48 pm

Posted in HS2

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