The introduction of HS2 services will deliver a huge improvement to passengers who currently use the West Coast Main Line when the Phase 1 route opens in 2026. In addition HS2 introduction will enable existing train service to be reconfigured to provide improvements to many inter-regional and commuter services. The Department shortly intends to launch an open and consultative process to help develop and refine the work to plan GB rail services as a whole following the opening of HS2. Any changes to service patterns on existing lines will be subject to consultation during the development of future franchise propositions. The Department, in its role as Franchising Authority, will be clearly focused on ensuring that rail services work as a whole, at network level to offer best value for passengers and taxpayers.