Operations analyst WILLIAM BARTER demonstrates how spare paths out of Euston freed up by HS2 could be used to improve interurban connections

Mix of train types: Virgin Pendolino No 390103 forms the 08.55 Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston at Cheddington on 11 June 2016, passing London Midland’s No 350266 working the 09.54 London Euston to Northampton.
Ken Brunt

It’s becoming recognised that the key driver for HS2 is capacity, with speed as the opportunity that follows from building new infrastructure. In addition, the idea that a key benefit of HS2 is improved local, commuter and interurban services on the existing West Coast main line (WCML) once the city-to-city business transfers to HS2 is entering public consciousness. It is therefore appropriate to consider capacity of rail networks, where it comes from and where it goes.

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