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HS2 services ‘could unsettle WCML capacity north of Crewe’

HIGH SPEED RAIL

27 April 2018
 

HS2 could disrupt rail services in the north-west of England and southern Scotland because the high-speed trains will be slower than existing trains running on the West Coast Main Line (WCML), train operator Arriva has warned.

HS2 services from London and Birmingham to places such as Preston, Carlisle and Glasgow will use the London-West Midlands and West Midlands to Crewe high-speed lines, due to open in 2026 and 2027 respectively, before rejoining the West Coast Main Line.

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