The HSUK Challenges to HS2 Ltd:
If you’re going to spend £56 billion (at least!!) on a national high speed rail system, you wouldn’t want any high speed rail system. You’d want the best high speed rail system, delivering the greatest possible gains in connectivity and capacity, and the greatest possible reductions in journey times, for the least cost and environmental impact.
This is exactly what the Government is expecting from the HS2 project. After all, HS2 Ltd Technical Director Andrew McNaughton has declared that HS2’s objective is “to deliver hugely enhanced capacity and connectivity between our major conurbations.”
But there’s an inconvenient truth. HS2 won’t deliver. It can’t. Whilst designing HS2 to be the fastest railway in the world, Mr McNaughton and all of HS2 Ltd’s other highly-paid experts have forgotten to ensure that HS2 works efficiently as a national network, in harmony with the rest of the railway system. If HS2 doesn’t perform well as a network, interlinking the UK’s major conurbations, it cannot deliver its objective of “hugely enhanced capacity and connectivity”.
Our analysis shows clearly that HS2 fails every conceivable test as a national network – and in every test, HS2 is massively outperformed by our own High Speed UK proposals. This analysis is set out in our reports HS2 – High Speed to Failure and HS2 – High Speed to Nowhere. Our challenge to HS2 Ltd – and to the Government – is to prove us wrong. If they cannot, it is their public and professional duty to abandon the HS2 scheme before more public money is squandered, and before more damage is done.
We’ve set out 16 challenges on the key issues of connectivity, capacity, journey time and all the other indicators which demonstrate whether or not a railway network is performing well. To meet this challenge, HS2 Ltd must demonstrate:
• that HS2 does perform well against the challenge.
• that HS2 performs better than our High Speed UK alternative.
We believe that HS2 fails every aspect of the HSUK challenge, and we have the evidence to prove it. Click on each challenge to read the HSUK case against HS2. It’s now up to HS2 Ltd to refute our claims, and to put forward an alternative narrative.
5. The Journey Time Challenge: Has HS2 Ltd developed a timetable to describe how the UK rail network will operate, and what journey time reductions it will offer, with HS2 in place?
16. The Due Process Challenge: It’s hard to see how all the ‘HS2 process’ of remit development, option sifting and public consultation has served any purpose other than rubber-stamping the flawed concept that HS2 Ltd’s ‘experts’ first thought of.
£20bn less than existing plans for HS2 & HS3.Read more...
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