Case for HS2 based on capacity collapses

Hilary Wharf, Director HS2AA, said “the announcement that First Group win the next WCML franchise completely undermines DfT’s case for HS2, which they have increasingly argued is for capacity reasons. First Group not only  emphasise in their statement the unique nature of the West Coast Mainline in having ‘ a considerable amount of unused capacity’, but DfT seem quite content to accept a bid that creates no additional long distance capacity on the southern part of the mainline, beyond the extra Pendolino carriages already being introduced. So apparently DfT have now decided WCML does not have a capacity crisis, or that it will be full in the next decade.”

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