High Speed 2 Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 4th April 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 19 March (HL14551), how many HS2 trains and their destinations an hour per direction are planned to use the connection between HS2 and the West Coast Main Line at Handsacre when (1) only Phase 1 is operational, and (2) both Phases 1 and 2A are operational; and what are the expected dates that Phase 1 and Phase 2 will become operational.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Handsacre Junction is designed for HS2 trains to run from the HS2 network and onto the West Coast Mainline.

• The HS2 Phase One Business Case (published in October 2013) assumed that 7 trains per hour in both directions will operate over Handsacre Junction to destinations north of Birmingham.

• The HS2 Phase 2a Business Case (published in July 2017) assumed that 1 train per hour in both directions will operate over Handsacre Junction

The Select Committee is considering modifications to the proposed layout of Handsacre junction following the deposit of Additional Provision 2 to the Phase 2a hybrid Bill on 8 February 2019.

Final decisions about the Train Service Specification that will operate on the HS2 network, and relevant parts of the existing rail network, will be made once the Department has received advice following the outcome of the West Coast Partnership competition. Regarding when Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be operational, HS2 Ltd has been set a Delivery In Service Target by Government and it is working with its suppliers to confirm the latest assessment of schedule.

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