A dozen towns and cities lose train services as a result of HS2

Detail of cuts to existing train services as a result of HS2

West Coast Main Line (WCML)
The service cuts on the WCML will take effect when Phase 1 of HS2 is operating – 2026

City Current Service (to/from London) Service post HS2 Service Change Summary HS2 Service
Coventry 3 intercity trains/hour
1 intermediate stop
2 intercity trains/hour,
2 intermediate stops
Loss of 1 intercity train/hour and approx 5 min. longer journey time Nil
Birmingham
International
3 intercity trains/hour
2 intermediate stops
2 intercity trains/hour,
3 intermediate stops
Loss of 1 intercity trains/hour and approx 5 min. longer journey time Nil
(HS2 will serve
Birmingham Interchange)
Birmingham
New Street
3 intercity trains/hour,
3 intermediate stops
2 intercity trains/hour,
4 intermediate stops
Loss of 1 intercity train/hour and approx 5 min. longer journey time HS2 service to Curzon Street, 3 trains an hour
Lancaster 1 train/t hour,
3 intermediate stops
1 train/hour,
8 intermediate stops
Approx 53  min. longer
journey time (only direct train is via Manchester)
Nil
Carlisle 1 train/ hour,
5 intermediate stops
1 train/hour,
10 intermediate stops
Approx 53 min. longer
journey time (only direct train is via Manchester)
Nil
Stoke-on-Trent 2 trains/hour (1 non-stop, 1 with 1 intermediate stop) 1 train/hour,
1 intermediate stop,
Loss of hourly non-stop
train
Nil
Wilmslow 1 train/hour,
1 intermediate stop
No service No trains at all Nil
Stockport 3 trains/hour,
2 intermediate stops
1 train/hour,
3 intermediate stops,
Loss of 2 trains/ hour  and
approx 5 min. longer
journey time
Nil
Chester/North Wales 1 train/hour with 2 intermediate stops between Euston and Chester I train/hour with 7 intermediate stops Approx. 25 minutes longer journey time Nil

 


 

Midland Main Line (as from Phase 2 of HS2 i.e. 2033)

City/Town

Current Service

Service Post HS2 Phase 2

Service ChangeSummary

HS2 Service (Phase 2 only)

Leicester 4 trains/hour
(2 non-stop)
3 trains/hour
(1 non-stop)
Loss of 1 non-stop train/hour Nil
East Midlands Parkway 2 trains/hour,
2 intermediate stops
1 train with 3 stops, 1 train with 2 stops  Longer journey times 2 trains/hour calling at an “East Midlands” (Toton) HS2 station c6 miles further north.
Nottingham 2 trains/hour
(1 with 3 stops, 1 with 8 stops)
1 train an hour with 5 stops Loss of 1 train/hour. Approx 10 min. longer journey time No city centre HS2 service. “East Midlands” (Toton) HS2 station c6 miles west of city centre .
Derby 2 trains an hour
(1 with 1 stop,
1 with 4 stops)
2 trains/hour
(1 with 4 stops,
1 with 8 stops)
Approx 15 min. longer journey times No city centre HS2 service. “East Midlands” (Toton) HS2 station c10 miles E of city centre.
Chesterfield 2 trains/hour
(1 with 2 stops,
1 with 5 stops)
1 train/hour,
with 5 stops
Loss of one train/hour, and approx 15 min. longer journey time Nil
Sheffield 2 trains/hour
(1 with 3 stops,
1 with 6 stops)
1 train/hour,
with 6 stops
Loss of one train per hour, approx 15 min longer journey times No city centre HS2 service.“South Yorkshire” HS2 station at Meadowhall c4 miles NE of city centre

 

East Coast Main Line (as from Phase 2 of HS2  – 2033)

Frequency has generally been maintained at East Coast stations after HS2 is constructed, but the number of trains/hour from London has been reduced from five to four, and those remaining make more stops to compensate for this, typically extending journey times by five minutes for each stop. The London-Leeds service is reduced from two trains an hour to one. While Leeds has HS2 services, Wakefield, in particular, will have a much worse service.

No services are shown to run North of Edinburgh, not only taking away through trains to London, but breaking long standing non-London flows e.g. Aberdeen – Newcastle.

City/Town

Current Service

Service Post HS2 Phase 2

Service Change Summary

HS2 Service (Phase 2 only)

Peterborough 3 trains/hour
(2 non-stop)
4 trains/hour, but only 1 non-stop Loss of 1 non-stop service Nil
Doncaster 3/4 trains/hour,
2 with only 1 intermediate stop
3 trains/ hour
(1 with 1 stop, others with 4/5 stops)
Increased journey times by approx 10/15 mins Nil
Wakefield 2 trains/hour
(1 with 2 stops, 1 with 3 stops)
1 trains/hour, with 5 stops Loss of one train/hour and approx 10 -15 min. longer journey time Nil
Berwick on Tweed 1 train/hour
with 3 intermediate stops
1 train/hour with 7 intermediate stops Approx 20 min. longer journey time Nil
Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness Through services to Aberdeen (3 daily) and Inverness (1 daily) No through trains Nil