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

NIC chair Lord Adonis to take over Crossrail 2

24/05/2016NIC chair Lord Adonis to take over Crossrail 2

The interim chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), Lord Andrew Adonis, is expected to be made chair of Crossrail 2 after being jo... more >
Alstom pitches double-decker trains for HS2

24/05/2016Alstom pitches double-decker trains for HS2

In what would be a railway first for the UK, French train manufacturer Alstom is set to pitch the idea of building double-decker trains to run on... more >
Aslef members vote to strike despite GTR injunction application

24/05/2016Aslef members vote to strike despite GTR injunction application

Drivers on the Southern and Gatwick Express lines are set to strike despite efforts by parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to stop indu... more >

editor's comment

01/02/2016A new direction of travel

The much-anticipated Shaw Report had not been published when RTM went to press, but the potential direction of travel for Network Rail’s future had been widely reported, with the infrastructure owner looking at options to sell off stations and electrical power assets.  Since Network Rail’s reclassification as a public sector body in 2014, it hasn’t been plain sailing for the organisation, especially with major wor... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

HS2: The innovation and skills challenge

06/04/2016HS2: The innovation and skills challenge

HS2 Ltd commercial director, Beth West, on why the project needs to do things differently. HS2 will be one of the biggest infrastructure pro... more >
The simplicity of station defibrillators

24/03/2016The simplicity of station defibrillators

While not cheap, defibrillators can be a life-saving piece of kit at stations. Natalie Loughborough, customer service director at Northern Rail, ... more >
AT200s: bringing Japanese expertise under British control

09/02/2016AT200s: bringing Japanese expertise under British control

Ian McConnell, programmes & transformation director at ScotRail Alliance, and Jon Veitch, general manager in Scotland for Hitachi, speak to R... more >

last word

Shaw report recommendations need quick implementation

Shaw report recommendations need quick implementation

Adrian Shaw, senior vice-president of global programme management and rail sector head, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at Aecom, reflects ... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Your chance to live in a railway station… complete with its own train

20/05/2016Your chance to live in a railway station… complete with its own train

A former 19th century railway station, featuring its own track and steam train, is for sale for any rail enthusiast who has £600,000 to spa... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Customer service innovation at LOROL

06/05/2016Customer service innovation at LOROL

Matt Bromley, customer service project manager at London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL), explains how two new innovations are improvi... more >
Testing rail assets with video software

02/05/2016Testing rail assets with video software

At Infrarail this year, Matthew Lock of Korec presented information on a new measurement tool that is delivering information to track engineers. ... more >
A repoint for track switch technology

02/05/2016A repoint for track switch technology

Head of the Control Systems Research Group at Loughborough University, Professor Roger Dixon, discusses the development of the innovative Repoint... more >
Delivering a world-class service for London

28/04/2016Delivering a world-class service for London

Mark Bullock, managing director for Balfour Beatty Rail, discusses the past and ongoing track works happening across the capital’s rail net... more >