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Using the increased capacity provided by High Speed 2

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Network Rail have produced a report outlining some of the possible ways of using the increased capacity on Britain’s rail network when High Speed 2 (HP2) becomes operational. Better Connections: Options for the integration of High Speed 2 looks at how the high speed and existing lines might work together as a single network. Focusing on the second phase of High Speed 2, which runs north from Birmingham, it sets out different approaches to its integration.

Capacity would be released on the Midland Main Line due to passengers moving to the Meadowhall station for the dedicated High Speed line for long journeys.  The question then becomes just how to allocate the increased capacity between people and freight, new routes, or more regional services? Possibilities mentioned in the report include the opportunity to extend some Sheffield/Nottingham services to improve the frequency of trains to Leeds and to provide locations such as Barnsley with an inter-city type service.

As the report states “Over the last decade the number of journeys made by rail has increased by almost 50% and there are over a million more trains running every year. This means that the busiest parts of the network are at capacity at peak times  . . . But demand is still increasing. By 2020 another 400 million rail journeys will be made every year.” So building High Speed 2 is essential if the rail network is not to seize up with the growing numbers of people who want to use it.

To read the report visit: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/searchresult.aspx?q=better connections

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