Following on from the great news that HS2 will go ahead opponents to the project have made mischievous claims that existing stations would close when the line is built.
Sadly, this is the latest in a long line of misleading information about HS2.
The latest mischief/mistake concerns possible station closures on the West Coast Main Line.
Tweets, such as the following, have been doing the rounds from opponents including StopHS2.
‘HS2 to increase capacity but part of the proposal is to close Atherstone and Stone stations.’
In fact, it is not HS2 that threatens these stations. Ironically it is opponents’ 51M ‘alternative’ that would threaten Stone and Atherstone and put an end to Rugeley’s services to London. This is contained in Network Rail’s ‘Review of Strategic Alternatives to HS2′
So thank goodness the decision to build HS2 has been made.
Significantly, the report also says the 51M ‘alternative’ plan allows no increase in capacity between Coventry and Birmingham. So Coventry has no potential for growth on this crucial transport corridor. How does that help Coventry?
Nick Kingsley deals with this subject and proposals (endorsed by 51M) to build new rail in Staffordshire in greater detail in his blog here.
HS2 opponent Jerry Marshall has criticised Network Rail, claiming that their reading of 51M is a ‘deception’. But the fact is 51M has been assessed in great detail and does not do the job.
For more details and a response to Mr Marshall’s claims from Nick Kingsley click here.