HS2 in Hansard 1/11/2013

High Speed 2 Railway Line

MrWatson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport

whether direct train services from (a) Sandwell and

Dudley and (b) Wolverhampton to London Euston

will be reduced upon the completion of High Speed 2.


Mr Goodwill: The Department’s aim is that all towns

or cities which currently have a direct service to London

will retain broadly comparable or better services once

HS2 is completed.

It is not appropriate to specify the exact timetable for

train services that are planned to operate in 2026 when

HS2 Phase 1 services begin. The detailed timetable

development will take place nearer the time and will

consider operational considerations aswell as the forecast

passenger demand for services.

As highlighted in the Strategic Case, published on 29

October, in partnership with the railway industry, we

intend to announce, shortly, a transparent and participatory

process to consider long-term issues, opportunities and

options for rail services on HS2 corridors. This will

consider how these services can support the delivery of

economic growth on a sustainable basis.