Rail (UK)

Re­view be­gins into Eus­ton de­sign

- East Midlands

A study into sim­pli­fy­ing the ap­proaches to the HS2 sta­tion at Eus­ton is un­der way as part of an over­all re­view of the de­sign and con­struc­tion ef­fi­ciency of the sta­tion, Baroness Vere told Lord Berke­ley on Novem­ber 9.

In a Lords Writ­ten Ques­tion, Berke­ley had asked about the de­ci­sion to pause the de­vel­op­ment of HS2 Phase 2B and to re­duce the max­i­mum num­ber of trains on Phase 1 from a planned 18 per hour to ten, and whether there were plans to re­view the ap­proaches to Eus­ton as a re­sult of this (as well as the op­tion of ter­mi­nat­ing all ten HS2 ser­vices at Old Oak Com­mon).

Vere ex­plained that the trunk sec­tion of Phase 1 is be­ing built with the ca­pa­bil­ity for up to 18 trains per hour and that Govern­ment re­mains com­mit­ted to bring high speed to the East Mid­lands, York­shire and be­yond.

“The In­te­grated Rail Plan will con­sider how Phase 2b of HS2 can be de­liv­ered with other ma­jor rail in­vest­ments in the North and Mid­lands to en­sure these are scoped and de­signed as part of an in­te­grated net­work, and to make sure peo­ple see the ben­e­fits of bet­ter ser­vices more quickly,” she wrote.

Vere added that ad­vice from HS2 Ltd was that no more than 6tph could re­li­ably be op­er­ated from Old Oak Com­mon within the ex­ist­ing sta­tion de­sign, and that there were no cur­rent plans to con­sider ter­mi­nat­ing all HS2 trains there.

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