- 8 Feb 2010
New build is generally easier and cheaper than upgrading existing lines. Compare HS1 which came in broadly on time and budget and WCML upgrade, 4 years late over 250% over budget and all despite large scale descoping.Following the announcement about curtailing gwml electrification delay, i believe as i have always believed hs2,will get no farther north than Birmingham. Hs3 is a gonner too i reckon. If they cant do something simple like gwml, god help them when nr London bods actually go north and see the Pennines.
HS3 as a new line was never going to happen - it was purely a political stunt.
HS2 will roll on with its own momentum. Work for line to Crewe is well underway with Hybrid Bill next year.