HS2 alternative 'would cause 14 years of rail disruption'

An alternative to the HS2 would result in 14 years of weekend rail closures that would "cripple" the three main routes to the north, according to a Government commissioned report out today.

A HS2 alternative would cause 14 years of weekend disruptions, according to a Government commissioned report.
A HS2 alternative would cause 14 years of weekend disruptions, according to a Government commissioned report. Credit: PA

The report by Network Rail and transport consultant Atkins warns that an alternative of improving existing lines would result in 2,770 weekend closures of theEast Coast Mainline, Midland Mainline and West Coast Mainline, in order to complete 144,000 hours of work.

Read: Labour's rival plan to HS2

Advertisement

'14 years' rail plan disruption

An alternative to the HS2 would result in 14 years of weekend rail closures that would "cripple" the three main routes to the north, according to a Government commissioned report out today.