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.

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.


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