SCOTTISH SLEEPER PASSENGERS TO LOSE HOUR-LONG LIE-IN ON 0648 ARRIVAL IN LONDON ONCE HS2 WORK STARTS.

HS2 ACTION ALLIANCE

SCOTTISH NEWS

 

February 19, 2014.

 

SCOTTISH SLEEPER PASSENGERS TO LOSE HOUR-LONG LIE-IN ON 0648 ARRIVAL IN LONDON ONCE HS2 WORK STARTS.

Forget the luxurious lie-in until 8am.

Report summary available.

 

Passengers on Scottish sleeper rail services into London Euston will be kicked off the train as soon as it arrives at 0648 instead of being allowed to stay on board until 0800 – once construction on Phase 1 of HS2 starts.

 

HS2 construction work at London Euston will mean the sleeper will not be allowed to stand at the platform, with passengers arriving from Edinburgh and Glasgow being rushed off on arrival.

 

“HS2 construction work will be very disruptive at London Euston with reduced platform availability. This will impact on the Scottish sleeper services, which will no longer be able to stand at Euston after arrival in the morning – so preventing passengers from remaining on the train until 0800, even for the 0648 arrival,” said Richard Houghton of HS2 Action Alliance, the HS2 opposition campaign.

 

“Many passengers will no doubt agree that there’s a huge difference between waking up when the train comes to a halt and easing out into London at 8am – and being woken at 6am and told to get packed and ready to get off immediately on arrival.

 

“A leisurely wake-up and packing of bag between 0648 arrival and 0800 train exit was one of the last luxuries of rail travel.

 

“HS2 is potentially proving to be a nightmare – even affecting people in their sleep. There is hardly any element of the HS2 programme which is unlikely to cause disruption, even extending as far afield as people boarding sleeper trains in Scotland the day before they want to arrive in London.

 

“The simple alternative to HS2 is an alternative devised and carefully thought-through by a group of local authorities opposed to HS2 – the ’51m alternative’ involves junction alternations and enhancements at three pinchpoints between the Midlands and London which will completely remove restrictions on the number of high speed ‘classic’ rail services – at a fraction of the cost.”
Notes to Editors:

In the most recent national YouGov Poll, well over 50 per cent of the UK public were opposed to HS2.

 

For further information please contact:

 

North:

Iain Macauley

im@pressrelations.co.uk

07788 978800

 

Midlands and South East:

John Read

john.read@readdillon.com

07774 476391

 

South and South West:

Peter Chegwyn

chegwyn@talk21.com

07931 177940

 

http://www.hs2actionalliance.org/