Latest Rail News

25.03.14

Government to scrap HS2 link with HS1

The government is to scrap proposals to link HS2 at Euston with the HS1 line at St Pancras, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed.

Following Sir David Higgins’ HS2 Plus report last week, which suggested the HS1-HS2 link proposals did not meet the right standards, McLoughlin plans to remove the link from the hybrid Bill and withdraw safeguarding as soon as possible.

He said that it “requires too many compromises in terms of its impact on freight, passengers and the community in Camden”.

The transport secretary will, however, commission a study into options for ways to improve connections to the continent, which “could be built once the initial stages of HS2 are complete”.

HS2’s Phase 2 director, Ian Jordan, speaking at last week’s IET/Parsons Brinckerhoff HS2 seminar ‘Vision into Reality’, said the link was a “very expensive proposition” at £700m. He said the proposed link, which would have run partly alongside the North London Line, would not properly complement its operations. “It had impacts on London Overground services and on freight, and some pretty damaging impacts on local communities in Camden”, he added. “David [Higgins] has been looking at other ways of improving that connectivity, and that we will do. A direct high-speed line through is not necessarily the answer, so we’ll be looking at what else might be done.”

Richard Houghton, of HS2 opposition groups HS2 Action Alliance, said: “With no link to HS1 – and Europe – HS2 just becomes another London commuter train – the difference being it is likely to be empty, whereas on current commuter trains 100,000 people stand on the journey into London every day.”

Lords Bradshaw and Berkeley, who came up with the alternative Euston Cross plan for HS2, said the link with HS1 was “never fit for purpose, neither for passengers nor freight”. Lord Berkeley, who chairs the Rail Freight Group, sits on RTM’s editorial board.

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

Comments

Wayne Wi   17/05/2016 at 09:27

Honestly HS2 is coming too late, too slow for any major impact. This should have been done decades ago when the French, German and Spanish did their HS trains. Time for Britain to go forward with new technologies rather than this old dream. Hyperloop perhaps? No, that would be too far forward thinking for the British.

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Reasons to be cheerful

23/03/2017Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlin... more >
TfWM to take over running of Midland Metro next year

22/03/2017TfWM to take over running of Midland Metro next year

Day-to-day running of the Midland Metro tram service will be taken on entirely by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) from October 2018 when the c... more >
Forgetful passengers to be refunded railcard penalties

22/03/2017Forgetful passengers to be refunded railcard penalties

A new scheme will allow passengers who are charged extra for travelling without a railcard to claim their money back at least once per year, effe... more >

editor's comment

08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >
Tackling regulation at its routes

24/01/2017Tackling regulation at its routes

John Larkinson, the ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, speaks to RTM about the move to regulating Network Rail at a route lev... more >
Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the recently-published ‘Investing in the Fut... more >

last word

Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlin... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Business as usual: Vivarail begins testing of new battery train

21/03/2017Business as usual: Vivarail begins testing of new battery train

If you were one of the many left saddened and disappointed when Vivarail’s test train caught fire over the festive period due to a fuel lea... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

The future connected rail system needs a connected community

21/03/2017The future connected rail system needs a connected community

The rail and tech sectors must collaborate to determine the optimal route to the digital railway, writes Julian McGougan, head of technology at t... more >
Suppliers offer boost to digital railway plans

21/03/2017Suppliers offer boost to digital railway plans

David Clarke, technical director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), explains why the success of the supply chain will be the success of t... more >
Collecting safety culture data confidentially

21/03/2017Collecting safety culture data confidentially

Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, explains how confidential reporting can ‘deep dive’ into an organisation’s ... more >
Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

21/03/2017Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

Boaz Yariv, senior architect, and Dr Elizabeth de Mello, senior ergonomics specialist at Network Rail, discuss the complex ergonomic consideratio... more >