Technical analysis from sub-national transport body, Midlands Connect, has revealed the introduction of HS2 will improve rail services for dozens of stations on the existing network.
Extra capacity will be released on the existing network by HS2, meaning much improved rail services for 73 stations across the country; the existing network will benefit from faster and more frequent services which will ultimately reduce crowding and allow for new services between destinations that currently don’t have a direct link.
Rail services will be improved because long-distance traffic will be moved from the current rail infrastructure onto the new high speed line, creating extra room needed to improve local and inter-regional rail services.
In total, 73 stations will benefit from HS2; of these, 54 stations are not served by HS2 trains. This is significant because it means that the reduced crowding when HS2 is operational will ensure better services for the businesses and passengers who use these stations.
HS2 trains will be able to carry more than half a million passengers each day, resulting in improved rail services at stations in Coventry, Shrewsbury, Leicester, Nottingham, Newcastle and Macclesfield, to name a few.
Freeing up the traditional rail network will also provide huge advantages to the freight sector, creating space for 144 additional freight trains per day; this could mean significant reductions in CO2 emissions, as many lorries will be taken off our roads as a result.
Sir John Peace is the Chair of Midlands Connect and Midlands Engine.
He said: “The benefits of HS2 will be felt by millions of local people across the UK, including passengers that never set foot on a high speed train.
“Regional and local rail services are in desperate need of improvement and it’s time we face facts, without the space and flexibility created by HS2, the transformational change needed is not possible.”