Rebuttal of William Barter’s Analysis of 51M’s alternative to HS2

Writing on the Go-HS2 blog, William Barter is claiming that  51m’s alternative to HS2 would either cut local services between Birmingham and Coventry or destroy reliability on the route. This isn’t the case – the alternative maintains the current service pattern on the route, while providing more capacity with longer trains. Indeed, a November 2011 report by Network Rail for the Department of Transport confirmed the 51m illustrative timetable was sound and flagged no problems on the Coventry – Birmingham section. We would have been delighted to explain this to Go-HS2 – but of course they didn’t ask.” commented Hilary Wharf, director, HS2AA.

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