- 8 Feb 2010
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.
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.
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.