HS2 to cause disruptions for Euston passengers

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Car Rental News - 16/01/2012


Thousands of rail passengers will face years of delays due to HS2 construction, it has emerged.

Experts say the high-speed rail scheme requires massive redevelopment efforts of Euston, causing closures during bank holidays and fewer trains during normal weekdays. Euston is among the UK’s busiest stations.

The news comes via a written statement issued to the Transport Select Committee on Friday by HS2, the firm commissioned to implement the project.

As much as 40 per cent of current services may have to be cancelled during the first stage of HS2 construction on the line between Birmingham and the capital. The phase is not slated for completion until 2026.

The revelation comes as Government seeks to avoid repeating the events entailed with the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line, which cost some £9 billion and saw a decade’s worth of disruptions whilst work was carried out.

In response, a spokesman for Network Rail downplayed the possibility of disruptions, saying that planning was still in the very early stages and that the organization would work closely with HS2 and rail operators to ensure that maximum services are in place throughout developments and upgrades. He added that a recent study had even suggested that it may be possible to maintain current service levels during HS2 work.

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