Freedom of Information Request Uncovers HS2 Plans To Cut Classic Train Services To Save £7.7 Billion

Many English towns and cities will see their train services cut if High Speed Two (HS2) is built according to an HS2 Ltd report uncovered by HS2 Action Alliance through a Freedom of Information request. The report provides details of cuts to classic train services that are needed to deliver £7.7 billion in savings which make up a critical part of HS2’s already flimsy business case.

HS2 will lead to significant deterioration in services for many towns and cities across the country, including Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington, Stockport, Carlisle, Leicester, Nottingham, Wakefield and Berwick-on-Tweed.

A detailed breakdown of the planned service changes is shown in the tables here (pages 2 and 3)

Commenting on the loss of services, Hilary Wharf, director, HS2AA, said; “We’ve always known that many of the assumptions that HS2 business case relied on were wildly optimistic. But this analysis goes a step further. By relying on huge cost savings created by reducing existing train services HS2 Ltd shows scant regard for the needs of the vast number of train passengers who will not be able to use or afford tickets for this outrageously expensive white elephant.”

The report detailing the service reduction is titled “Demand and Appraisal Report” and was prepared by Mott MacDonald, Atkins and the MVA Consultancy and dated April 2012. The report includes the following information: –  Service pattern for HS2 Phase 1 (page 2.3, figure 2.1) –  Service pattern for HS2 Phase 2 (page 2.5, figure 2.2) –  Future service specification for existing routes when Phase 1 is complete (page A4, table A2) –  Future service specification for existing routes when Phase 2 is complete (page A5, table A3)


Note for editors

1. HS2 Action Alliance is a national organisation making the powerful case against HS2. It is a not for profit organisation working with over 70 local groups, who all believe HS2 does not represent an effective answer to the UK’s transport, economic or environmental needs.

2. For more information, please contact: Richard Houghton, T: 07803 178 037 E: