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HS2 and car miles driven

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With the HS2 Y network in full operation and ‘released capacity’ on other lines, car travel would be reduced by 1.2 million miles [1.93 million kilometres] every day, according to HS2 Ltd.

HS2 Ltd, Why HS2, car miles would be reduced by 1.2 million per day

This would equate to an annual reduction in car travel of ~438 million miles.

According to the RAC Foundation, GB car traffic totalled 255.0 billion miles in the year 2018.

RAC Foundation, motoring faqs, 'A26',  2018

It would appear that the yearly reduction in annual car mileage from building the full HS2 network would amount to ~0.17 percent of the 2018 total.

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December 16, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Posted in HS2

HS2 ignorance is grand

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According to HS2 Ltd, “there are suggestions to upgrade existing routes, like the Grand Central route between the Midlands and London. The Government is investing £40bn in the existing network, but this cannot provide all the additional capacity required for the future.”

hs2ltd-there-are-proposals-to-upgrade-existing-routes-like-the-grand-central

So, people are expected to believe the Grand Central [sic] is part of the “existing network”, which the government “is investing £40bn in”.

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December 11, 2019 at 5:16 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

Taking stock of technical illiteracy

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As a result of a recent freedom of information request to HS2 Ltd, the company has quietly taken chairman Allan Cook’s original HS2 ‘stocktake’ report offline, and replaced it with a supposedly ‘corrected’ version.

hs2-extract-from-foi-response-dec2019-drafting-error-in-aug2019-stocktake

The ‘corrected version’ of the report bears the same date as the original (i.e., ‘August 2019’), and makes no reference to being a revised version of an earlier document. The only public admission that it is a revision, is made in a footnote on the gov.uk ‘Guidance‘ page.

gov.uk HS2 Ltd chairman's stocktake august 2019 guidance page, modified 04 Dec 2019

According to HS2 Ltd, the embarrassing statement

[Allan Cook HS2 stocktake, original version, now taken offline]

‘Each intercity train removed releases capacity for 11 new fast commuter or freight trains, by reducing the disparity in speed between different services’

was a “drafting error”.

Allan Cook HS2 stocktake (original version, now taken offline): 'Each intercity train removed releases capacity for 11 new fast commuter or freight trains, by reducing the disparity in speed between different services'

Allan Cook HS2 stocktake (original version, now taken offline): ‘Each intercity train removed releases capacity for 11 new fast commuter or freight trains, by reducing the disparity in speed between different services’

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December 6, 2019 at 12:50 pm

Posted in Bizarre, HS2, misinformation