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Service cut claims from HS2 opponents just don’t stack up – part 2

Examining the ‘alternative’ to HS2 The second of William Barter’s two-part post examining the main alternative to HS2 put forward by opponents.  Objective analysis An objective analysis of this specification needs to consider just how much reliance can be placed … Continue reading

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Service cut claims from HS2 opponents just don’t stack up

Rail analyst William Barter posted early in September on the Go-HS2 blog outlining his concerns about alternatives proposed by HS2 opponents. HS2 opponents HS2AA responded on September 24 with a rebuttal on their blog. Unfortunately HS2AA didn’t go into any … Continue reading

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The shortcomings of the 51M ‘alternative’ to HS2

No evidence to back up HS2 critics’ claims Rail operations and planning consultant William Barter explained the shortcomings of the 51M alternative to HS2 in previous posts – Part one and Part Two.  HS2 opponents HS2AA responded by criticising the … Continue reading

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Examining the ‘alternative’ to HS2 in the West Midlands – part two

HS2 ‘alternative’ examined The second part of rail analyst William Barter’s post examining 51M’s alternative plans for the West Midlands. But what could happen if a practical timetabler tried to make something of their plans? There are now some crucial … Continue reading

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Examining the 51M ‘alternative’ to HS2 in the West Midlands – part one

HS2: Looking at the ‘alternative’ The 51M alternative to HS2 is examined in the following guest post from rail analyst William Barter. What “alternative” to HS2 in the West Midlands? 51M have presented a diagram said to be an “Illustrative … Continue reading

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Good news for those attending the Olympics, but not for HS2 critics

News that there will be more seats on trains for the Olympics is great, but it is a false dawn for HS2 opponents claiming this means we can easily solve our capacity problems. Shortly after the Express & Star published … Continue reading

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Fact Check – How much will HS2 cost?

A guest blog from Rail Operations and Planning Consultant William Barter looking at the costs of HS2 and examining a recent Channel 4 post on the matter. Channel 4 News has posted a so-called “fact check” headed “Why the numbers … Continue reading

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HS2 Rolling stock costs overlooked? Not likely!

There have been suggestions from HS2 opponents the Govt had forgotten to include HS2 rolling stock costs in their calculations. Guest blogger William Barter examines this claim: Someone seems to have suggested that the capital costs of rolling stock have … Continue reading

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Chiltern Mainline is great news but it doesn’t solve the UK’s rail capacity problems

Chiltern Mainline is good news for rail users in our region, but it would be wrong to view it as the answer to all of our problems. As soon as the new service was launched there was a predictable frenzy … Continue reading

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