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Town would lose out if high speed rail did not go ahead
3:00pm Wednesday 19th September 2012 in News
WARRINGTON would lose out if a new high speed rail network to the region did not go ahead.
A study by HS2 North West looking into the alternative to the new network proposed by anti HS2 group 51M has found the town would see a reduction in peak morning trains to London.
Under 51M’s proposals there would only be one train rather than two calling at Warrington to reach the capital before 9am.
There would also be an extra carriage added to trains but HS2 North West say it would cost £15million to redevelope Bank Quay Station to accommodate longer trains.
Chris Howe director of HS2 North West said: “It is feared that not only will north west towns be left out of any potential intercity capacity gains, but commuters will also suffer from delays as the network is upgraded to accommodate longer trains and more services further south, this before reliability issues begin to effect passengers.”
Susan Williams, director of the North West Rail campaign, said: “This report is very revealing as to just how many people would lose services up and down the country. Warrington and Wigan demonstrate large demand to London and to lose peak capacity would be terrible for their economies.”