A couple of days ago an article in a Midlands paper discussed how, if HS2 was built, there would be a large number of new services.
Quoting from the article
“From Wolverhampton, an extra service an hour would run to London, Coventry, Shrewsbury and Telford, while there would be five added trains running to Birmingham International and two services to Milton Keynes.
“There are currently no trains that run from Wolverhampton to Milton Keynes.”
It wasn’t hard to find out that this was somewhere between misleading and wrong.
There are direct services between Wolverhampton and Milton Keynes, the at 05:00, 05:24,05:45, 06:27 in the morning and 19:45, 20:47, 21:45 and 22:45 in the evening.
There are even direct services back: today you could catch the 00:28, 09:13, 14:13, 19:13, 20:13, 21:13, 21:34, 22:17 and 23:29, from Milton Keynes to Wolverhampton.
Obviously, you do have to be careful when looking at a draft document: it might still have been waiting for fact-checking.
However the paper had missed an important paragraph from the document
“Centro has developed a detailed timetable showing
exactly how local rail services could be improved by
using the capacity freed up by HS2, and by introducing
a series of matching infrastructure improvements.”
This Birmingham Post this morning also says that “an extra 52 trains an hour” would be able to run – the same number as the Express and Star article.
So once again, supporters of HS2 are telling us about the wonderful service that could happen, if only we spent £33 billion of taxpayers money to build HS2.
And once again, the improvement relies on spending more money to make a number of other improvements to the railway system.