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Examination of Witnesses

Part of High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:30 pm on 11th July 2013.

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Terry Morgan: The expectation, as I understand it, is that Crossrail will take 30% of the load that High Speed 2 will bring to London. We have some flexibility about capacity carrying at Old Oak Common, and I do understand the engineering challenge of taking the route out of there to its end position, wherever that is in that regard, around Euston.

There are choices, but to be frank with you, I am not knowledgeable enough to know about the arguments on why Euston is absolutely as critical as the route that comes down from the north into Old Oak Common. I just know that we can accommodate the Crossrail station and the work that we have to do there in terms of Crossrail in the time scales currently envisaged.