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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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Steven Hayter: Yes, we have looked at that, too. We always come back to the lessons learned from the west coast main line upgrade and the disruption caused to local communities for a very long time. There were issues that meant the programme was extended. It cost a lot more than was expected. Looking at the corridor now, it is difficult to see that much beyond perhaps lengthening the trains by one or two more cars, lengthening the platforms slightly and improving the signalling. You are really talking about incremental improvements over the next few years, and we need a step change in capacity increase. Just tinkering with the existing railways will not achieve that.