HS2AA responds to HS2 North West Paper on 51M alternative

Commenting on the recent paper by HS2 North West, Hilary Wharf, director, HS2AA, said; “There is nothing in the 51m published documentation which justifies the claims made in HS2 North West’s paper. The 51m alternative is based (explicitly) on an illustrative service pattern, with a schematic, again shown as “illustrative”, indicating what the pattern might look like for a standard off-peak hour.

“Furthermore, not all stations are shown in the schematic, as its purpose was to focus on ways in which ample additional capacity for Intercity services to and from London could be provided on the existing route. HS2 North West’s  claim that this would, for example, require closure of the stations at Atherstone and Stone is complete nonsense.”

“HS2 North West made no effort to clarify any of these points with 51m, preferring unsubstantiated and ill-founded attacks on 51m’s alternative rather than engage in serious debate.”

Notes to 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   Tel: 07803 178 037  Email: