Campaigners against HS2 will be at Northampton station tomorrow, from 3.30 – 6.30 to provide the other side of the argument about HS2. This is being organised by SNAG (the South Northants Action Group).
Please go support them.
We had a good response from travellers at Milton Keynes on Friday. Several people had assumed that Milton Keynes was getting a station. However we were able to explain that HS2 Ltd decided against putting a station near Milton Keynes because too many commuters would use it.
You can download the leaflet we handed out here.
The text is:
6-8 years spent rebuilding Euston
Putting in the extra HS2 platforms would mean rebuilding Euston, moving all the platforms round and changing the configuration of the tracks outside the station.
Fewer fast long-distance trains from Milton Keynes
HS2 Ltd say that after HS2 is built there will not be many Pendolino trains on the West Coast Main Line. Milton Keynes currently benefits from long-distance services, like the hourly Virgin train to Manchester, which takes just 1 hour 38 minutes. Services like this will transfer onto the new line and Milton Keynes will miss out.
No high speed rail station for Milton Keynes
HS2 Ltd thought about putting a high speed station near Milton Keynes, and decided not to – because too many people would use it.
Slower commuter services
In Kent, many commuters on traditional lines have slower journeys now then before HS1 was built. Their fares are going up more then elsewhere – to pay for high speed services which they don’t use.
More upgrades to the West Coast Main Line
Several organisations , including Centro, Virgin Trains and Birmingham Airport, which want HS2 built, are saying that we also need more works on the WCML as well.