In September 2010 Greengauge 21 commissioned PTN to construct a timetable for the combined service of the proposed new high-speed railway [HS2] and the existing West Coast Main Line [WCML], as it might operate when phase 1 of HS2 opens in about 2026. Hitherto only rather vague statements had been made about how capacity released at the southern end of WCML following the transfer of services to HS2 might be used, and Greengauge believed that support for HS2 would be strengthened by demonstrating the benefits offered by new services, additional seats for commuters and extra paths for freight trains.
The general findings of the study were published by Greengauge in February 2011:
The detailed report was finalised in July 2011 and includes extensive documentation of the timetable ideas. This material can be found here :
* the report at WCML+HS2 report.doc
* the timetable graphs and 'netzgrafik' summaries of the proposals at WCML+HS2 graphs.doc
* a summary of the suggested public timetable at WCML+HS2 public timetable.xls
As far as PTN knows this is the only timetabling that has been conducted for HS2 services in any depth. We find this rather astonishing and will be commenting on the issue in other entries.