HS2 plans require ‘huge number’ of weekend line closures

Construction of Britain’s second high-speed rail link will lead to the closure of several lines for up to 183 weekends and Euston station for 19 weekends, campaigners have said.

Figures from HS2 Ltd, the public body responsible for developing and promoting the plans for a new London-to-Birmingham line, show that proposed closures include those of the west coast mainline near Lichfield for 31 weekends, the Derby-to-Birmingham line for 32 weekends and 33 weekend closures at Old Oak Common affecting Crossrail and the Great Western mainline.

Richard Houghton, a spokesman for HS2 Action Alliance, said: “It is clear that once again HS2 Ltd is being less than honest with the travelling public. It is planning a huge number of weekend closures which will impact the travelling public.

“Combined with this, its arrogance continues. It is planning to issue £7bn of supplier contracts before the hybrid bill passes through parliament and now we discover it will start closing Euston before they have the legal go-ahead for the new line.” The hybrid bill will be the legislation that grants planning permission for the first phase of the £50bn project.

Read more and source here: The Guardian

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