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.