HS2 GET READY REPORT: CLEARLY NOT, AS IT WOULD MEAN DEFYING THE LAWS OF PHYSICS – AND INTRODUCING TIME TRAVEL.

HS2 ACTION ALLIANCE

NEWS

 

March 21, 2014.

 

HS2 GET READY REPORT: CLEARLY NOT, AS IT WOULD MEAN DEFYING THE LAWS OF PHYSICS – AND INTRODUCING TIME TRAVEL.

 

HS2 Action Alliance, the anti-HS2 campaign group, has labelled HS2 planners as “technically clueless” after HS2 launched its “HS2 Get Ready” report – complete with several proposals that rail experts say either defy the laws of physics for trains, or reveal that the high-speed rail pro-lobby has discovered time travel.

 

HS2 Get Ready follows closely after Sir David Higgins’ HS2 Plus plan, and proposes running freight trains on railway lines that have gradients too steep for the slow-running heavyweights – and mixing ultra-high speed HS2 trains with slow freight a recipe for disaster – or that they run at night – which is when HS2 has already said high speed lines will be closed for essential safety monitoring and maintenance.

 

Richard Houghton, a director of HS2 Action Alliance, said: “We already know what ‘HS2-Plus’ means: it refers to the billions of pounds of cost that will be added to the project that have been omitted at this most recent re-launch.

 

“We have genuine rail industry experts on our team, and, analysing the figures presented for HS2 Plus, even if we take into account the budget savings announced by HS2 Ltd, the real cost of building HS2 is still well over £70 billion.

 

“But HS2 Get Ready is a clear illustration that HS2 planners are anything but ready – and provides some evidence that they may even be technically clueless when it comes to the intricacy of railway engineering: one of the ideas included in the report is the possible use of HS2 for carrying freight trains.

 

“Firstly, the section between London and Birmingham will have no spare train paths once Phase Two becomes operational; secondly, the speed differential between freight trains and ultra high speed trains is so vast that both cannot be accommodated with only a single track in each direction unless HS2 has discovered time travel.

 

“Thirdly, there could well be issues with gradients not originally designed for use by freight trains – the HS2 Get Ready report seems to have discounted the effect of gravity. Running freight trains in the early hours of the morning will not be possible as that is the time that has been set aside for maintenance – and freight trains would completely trash high-precision high speed rails anyway.

 

“In the vein of HS2 Plus, HS2 Get Ready also indicates that there are other costs likely to be sneaked in as time progresses. HS2 Ltd continues to misrepresent these costs, omitting some and underestimating others.

 

“Rail industry experts have already identified more than £23 billion worth of costs additional to the HS2 budget that would be required to allow HS2 to operate, for it pay compensation for blight victims, and for it to finance the loans required to build it in the first place.”

 

ENDS

 

For further information please contact:

 

John Read

07774 476391

john.read@readdillon.com

or

Iain Macauley

07788-978800

im@pressrelations.co.uk

http://www.hs2actionalliance.org/