What kind of journey benefits could arise, if the “£56 billion” HS2 project were built as planned? The Greengauge 21 (Jim Steer) ‘Beyond HS2‘ report (May 2018) gave two illustrations of future rail journeys.
Case 1, Oli
Oli is travelling from Gravesend to Middlesbrough. He begins his journey on HS1 in Rochester, and, once in London, he makes his way to the new Euston Station (via a travelator). Oli’s journey to the new Hub station in Darlington will take 1h52, a saving of 27 minutes from pre HS2 days.
But in the very same report, Greengauge argued that London to Newcastle and York intercity trains should “remain on the [East Coast Main Line] with a target of closely matching the journey times that would be achieved by HS2″. So if that happened, Oli wouldn’t need the “£56 billion” HS2 line from Euston to make his journey to…
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