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Eighteen trains an hour on HS2 – whyever not?

William Barter Potcote Towcester NN12
12 June 2020
 

A lot of nonsense has been spoken about the ability of a high-speed railway to handle 18 trains per hour (tph), and House of Commons transport committee chair Huw Merriman may be about to increase it (‘DfT still wants 18 trains on HS2’ LTT 29 May).

The scepticism goes back to a statement by a representative of French state operator SNCF to the House of Commons transport select committee in 2013, that their limit at that time was regarded as 12 to 13 tph. This has been parroted many...

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