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PLATFORMS MAY NEED REBUILDING TO COPE WITH TRAINS
PLATFORMS at Newcastle Central Station may need to be extended to cope with 400-metre high speed rail trains.
HS2 Chairman Sir Terry Morgan revealed work was taking place to examine whether platforms should be rebuilt before trains start coming into the city in 2033.
The other option is for trains to split in two at Darlington before continuing north, so that only half of each train comes in to Newcastle.
Sir Terry said: “What we need to be certain of is that we enable these very big trains, 400 metres long, to operate on the route through to York, Darlington, Newcastle and beyond.
“There is some work being done to look at how we can extend platforms at Edinburgh and Newcastle to accommodate the trains.
“The current plan is that we will split the 400m trains at Darlington.
“But the possibility of finding a way of not splitting those trains is under active consideration.”
Sir Terry spoke to The Chronicle as he visited Newcastle to meet businesses and local authority representatives to discuss the benefits of HS2.
New track will be built between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. But HS2 managers say Newcastle will be a vital part of the new network, even though HS2 trains will run on existing track north of Leeds.
Sir Terry said: “We have got a decade to make sure we get this right, and to make sure we don’t limit the opportunities that are going to come with this brand new railway.
“We are well on now with phase one of the route, from Birmingham down into London, but the real gamechanger for HS2 is phase 2b, which is basically from Newcastle down to Birmingham.
“The ability to go from Birmingham to the North East is a fundamental part of the business case for HS2.”
Work on phase 1 of HS2, between London and Birmingham, is already under way, and services are due to run from 2026.
Phase 2a, from Birmingham to Crewe, should be up and running in 2027.
Phase 2b, to Manchester and to Newcastle, opens in 2033.
There are currently no official plans to run trains north of Newcastle.
The entire network is currently expected to cost £55.7bn but that cost could increase in the future if it is extended into Scotland.