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This month’s topic, in support of our #railchat, is ‘HS2’. This topic has divided the nation – are you for the HS2 or against it? Below are some issues regularly discussed when debating the HS2. We look forward to hearing what you think!

• The Economy

• The Environment

• Passengers

• Ticket Priced

• The Route

• Connectivity

Take a look at articles submitted by Phil Marsh on the topic here:

The Great Debate

An Overview

HS2 Announced

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HS2 Connectivity & Use

Posted on Tuesday 6th March 2012 | 7:57 PM

There are 3 connection issues with HS2 phase 1 which are: A Heathrow connection station which, given to be single lines each way, should have lines on outside of 2 platforms for through connections and a central through single line between platforms enabling the connection from the north to and through Heathrow and westward to Reading. The central line could also be used to provide regular shuttles to London and Heathrow. Locate it so possibly local anti HS2 persons could change their mind. For Coventry have link via Leamington Spa to Coventry line to provide some trains, on a regular frequency, via Coventry and then the current line to Birmingham. Provide an eastward connection by way of Derby near Birmingham at about Bromford Bridge. However, will just 1 track each way be sufficient for HS2 OR should it at least be 2 tracks each way to the Y split and then 1 each way?

Kenneth Shipway

HS2 Phase 1 – Line Capacity to Y

Posted on Tuesday 6th March 2012 | 8:59 PM

I submitted a "Guest Contributor" short article regarding HS2 needed connections and usage in phase 1 and I queried whether single lines each way to the Y point is sensible and would not 2 lines be best. My belief is that even as of phase 1, with a Heathrow connection station online at that time, many of the finally intended Y services could be operated PLUS many more if the Highspeed Inter City concept was used. With a local highspeed shuttle service from the Heathrow connection station to central London as well, then the level of HS2 use just to and from London at that point with through trains using the link towards Heathrow, could mean that north of that the capacity could exceed what it currently could be. If the section to the Y from London is wrong then that will subsequently be a pigs ear both financially and, in providing the additional lines, would severely impact the by then implemented services.

Kenneth Shipway

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