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Examination of Witnesses

Part of High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 9th July 2013.

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Sarah Hayward: The passenger numbers we are concerned about are HS2’s passenger numbers based on a link into Crossrail at Old Oak Common. The justification  for using Euston station as the terminus is based on claims about passenger numbers coming into Euston. Currently the capacity does not exist in the tube or bus network to get passengers away from Euston station.

In principle, we support greater investment in regional transport in London, including the potential for Crossrail 2 —obviously, we have not seen the scheme. They are not being brought forward together. If Crossrail 2 is ever funded, it would be delivered some time after HS2. HS2 is due to open at Euston station in 2026 and people will need to be able to get away from Euston station from 2026.