An argument frequently made favour of building HS2 is that it is better then the alternative of another upgrade to the West Coast Main Line. For instance, it comes up in the comments from Tuesday’s post .
However, it seems that we’ll have to have a WCML upgrade, whether or not HS2 goes ahead. According to the Coventry Telegraph, the West Midlands transport authority, Centro, are saying that the lines won’t be able to cope with the traffic predicted for 2021, and so the route between Coventry and Birmingham will need to be upgraded anyway, with extra tracks.
This is not really a surprise to Stop HS2: we raised the issue following Teresa Villier’s speech at the Lobby Day in September, when she said that the WCML might run out of capacity 8 years before HS2 was due to be completed.