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Who flows about first class?

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According to the Figure 1.16 of the HS2 phase one ‘full business case’ (15 Apr 2020), 52% of ‘key West Coast Main Line flows’ have a business purpose.

DfT, 'full business case', HS2 phase one, 15 Apr 2020, Figure 1.16

Does this mean that 52% of passenger journeys on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) are for business purposes? If yes, why not just say that? Or, if not, then what exactly does this ‘key flows’ palaver mean?

On an eleven-carriage Class 390/1 train of the type used on the WCML, there are 145 first class and 444 standard seats, so the proportion of first class is only 25%.

As business travellers are assigned a higher value of time by the Department for Transport, and are supposed to be willing to pay for ‘less crowded’ travel, then why isn’t the proportion of first class seats, 52%? Could it be that a large number of supposed ‘business travellers’, don’t value their travel that highly?

Oddly enough, the HS2 full business case doesn’t seem to have a single mention of the phrase “first class”*, and there is zero information elsewhere about the intended proportion of first class on HS2*, the present-day first class load factor on intercity West Coast*, or the present-day intercity first class load factor anywhere else*.

* = Corrections welcome.

Written by beleben

April 27, 2020 at 10:18 am

Posted in HS2

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  1. Just wondered if those WCML Key Flows have been purged of the surge of Milton Keynes commuters into and out of London every day.

    hsnorthstart

    April 28, 2020 at 5:49 am


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