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Use ‘standard intercity rolling stock’ on HS2, says mayor Sadiq

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London mayor Sadiq Khan’s big idea for ‘reducing the costs of HS2’ – presented to the Oakervee ‘independent’ review – was to run lower speed ‘standard inter-city rolling stock’ on it (the Beleben blog can exclusively reveal).

Letter from Sadiq Khan to the 'independent Oakervee review of HS2'  03 Oct 2019, extract

“Run standard inter-city rolling stock”.

Um, anybody home?

In that case, why not just run the ‘standard inter-city rolling stock’ on a reactivated Great Central Main Line?

That would cost a tiny fraction of the cost of HS2, and support the provision of intermediate stations for people living along the route, such as at Calvert, Woodford, and Brackley.

Written by beleben

November 21, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Posted in Bizarre, HS2, London

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  1. Yes to UK gauge rolling stock that can use existing city-centre stations. HS2 chose a disastrous segregated railway that would damage the network instead of reinforcing it, because they adhered to EU rules requiring us to have EU “fat” trains that can’t enter our established stations. Now we’re leaving EU there’s no need to comply, if there ever was.
    No to rebuilding the Great Central. It’s built over in Rugby, Leicester and Nottingham and you’d have to destroy a lot of the property the line is meant to serve. The Great Central was never a commercial success and with stations at the small communities mentioned it would be just another ponderous slow line struggling to survive.


    January 2, 2020 at 8:20 pm

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