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03.07.12

Go slow to speed up

High speeds have just been trialled on the Midland Main Line, with the possibility of such research being extended and applied to other projects, including HS2.

Increasing speeds that trains run at can have a number of consequences, and these must be understood and accounted for when faster services are being implemented.

Such testing is therefore important, not just for a single project, or improving journey times for one group of commuters, but for the wider industry, which can learn from this research, and develop products and policy accordingly.

To run faster trains, operators must take the time to complete this necessary research first. This will make sure services are safe, effective and viable.

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

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Al Frearnes   06/07/2012 at 15:18

Lessons should be learned from the west coast line too. Here, we see a nominal fast line with 3 trains per hour from Manchester to London but because of the lack of spare capacity - drivers, lines, trains - any delay to anything causes a backlog that cannot be sorted out for the rest of the day. More trains, spare capacity, stop trying to run everything to make a profit, do it for the passengers and then the profit will follow

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