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In September 2013, the Independent published an interview with HS2 Ltd’s then-chairman Douglas Oakervee in which he claimed, “It would be catastrophic for the UK actually [if HS2 were cancelled]. What it is going to mean is that the services on the West Coast Mainline initially and East Coast Mainline will rapidly deteriorate. We estimate on the mainline up to Birmingham that for every 10 people seated there will be 10 standing, and you get the same pattern having developed to Manchester by the mid-2020s or 2030.

In September 2013, the Independent published an interview with HS2 Ltd's then-chairman Douglas Oakervee

Having been stood down and replaced by David Higgins as HS2 chairman, Mr Oakervee became ‘newsworthy’ again in 2019 when he was selected to chair prime minister Boris Johnson’s ‘independent’ review of the project. A freedom of information request was submitted to HS2 Ltd in October of that year, asking about Mr Oakervee’s 2013 claim that (without HS2), ‘on the mainline up to Birmingham that for every 10 people seated there will be 10 standing, and you get the same pattern having developed to Manchester by the mid-2020s or 2030’.

HS2 Ltd, response to freedom of information request, 2019
HS2 Ltd, response to freedom of information request, 2019
HS2 Ltd, response to freedom of information request, 2019

As can be seen, HS2 Ltd’s response to that FoI request stated they held no information supporting Mr Oakervee’s claim (and no information about their claim that HS2 would allow trains on the West Coast Main Line to run “much closer together”).

Written by beleben

December 3, 2020 at 4:32 pm

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