WHEN I commented in last’s August print edition of Railnews about the secondment of Virgin Trains’ Chief Operating Officer Chris Gibb to help Network Rail improve performance on the West Coast Main Line, I posed the question: How is the WCML going to cope until the first stage of HS2 is due to open?
Chris Gibb has now concluded his reliability review — and in so doing he has revealed the stark realities of trying to keep Europe’s busiest mixed-traffic trunk rail route going on a daily basis, and what a struggle it will continue to be until 2026. Continue reading
THOSE opposed to the building of a High Speed line between London, the West Midlands and north of England — with a potential extension onwards to Scotland — are apparently becoming desperate.
Distortions and exaggerations have become commonplace, but now we are moving towards the zone of serious, blatant misinformation. Continue reading
WRITING in The Sunday Telegraph, Cheryl Gillan — MP for Chesham and Amersham, who was sacked as Welsh Secretary in David Cameron’s last Cabinet reshuffle — claimed “HS2 is a cancer that will cost our country dear.”
But Ms Gillan’s rant was quite without justification — and factually incorrect. Continue reading