HS2 Questions

Examining the issues around the proposed High Speed 2 route

A round up of HS2 curiosities

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A round up of HS2 curiosities


  1. DfT are using PDFH (Passenger Demand Forecast Handbook) designed for forecasts for a maximum 10 yrs (says Eddington) for 35 years
  2. DfT are NOT using current PDFH v.5.0 published in August 2009, and instead use an old version that inflates demand 29%
  3. DfT use old income figures inflating business ‘value of time’ by over 40
  4. DfT assume time is totally unproductive on trains, an assumption that accounts for approximately half the stated £44bn of benefits
  5. DfT say assumption that time unproductive on trains is OK because of crowding, even though trains LESS crowded with RP2 (51% load factor not 58%)
  6. DfT are breaking their own rules by not comparing HS2 with the best alternative, giving the impression that HS2 is the best option
  7. Rail Package 2 (RP2) capacity misrepresented (at 54%), but delivers more than is needed (151%)
  8. For their 28 Feb 2011 forecast, DfT increased 2008 WCML passengers/day from 45k to over 50k and extended the forecast by 10 years to 2043
  9. A DfT official has been phoning business people to enquire about sources of funding for pro-HS2 lobbying  
  10. Transport minister Norman Baker says it’s crazy to take the train – we should telecommute more http://bit.ly/hcPDmo
  11. If it’s environmentally friendly how come so many environmental organisations are against it? (Green Party, Sustainable Development Commission, Greenpeace, RSPB, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Friends of the Earth, The Wildlife Trusts, Woodland Trust etc.)
  12. HS1 failed to reap predicted rewards says Telegraph “A disaster for most people” “Don’t believe HS2 hype” http://bit.ly/h6ruX0  

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April 11, 2011 at 4:37 pm

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  1. HS2 Consultation, how and why to respond, please repost and tweet! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QI1wNuK7mm0

    Joe Rukin

    April 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm

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