HS2 is “the wrong project in the wrong place” says rail expert

Railway Historian Christian Wolmar explains why HS2 has “a lot of flaws” and how a line with no stops between London & Birmingham is “a very strange way to design a railway”. Interviewed with Gareth Edwards from London ReConnections by Anthony Baxter on London Live TV, 17th March 2015.

3 comments to “HS2 is “the wrong project in the wrong place” says rail expert”
  1. May I suggest that you join in and canvas support for the re opening of the Uckfield- Lewes line to provide an alternative to the Brighton main line and relieve the pressure.
    It’s the shortage of train paths on busy sections of the network that is at the root of the problem.
    Insufficient rolling stock -the result of imposed ‘economies’ in past decades and the consequent lack of seats is a factor , but trains need track on which to run.

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  3. I live in Brighton and visit London and Birmingham regularly for work. It takes me 1 hour and 20 minutes to travel from London to Brighton (1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes on the fastest line) – that’s 60 miles. It takes me 1 hour ten minutes to travel from Euston to Birmingham – 120 miles. I have travelled at all times of the day on both lines. The train to Birmingham is never as crowded as the Brighton to London trains. What possible advantage will HS2 bring?

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