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Last week a new Consultation on Design Refinements for HS2 was published.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/hs2-phase-2b-design-refinement-consultation

The interesting bit is the final change which puts in the ability to add two new junctions close to High Legh. One allows access from Warrington to the line to Manchester and the other gives access to Warrington from London. The significance is that as well as the NPR route from Liverpool via Warrington to Manchester, Leeds and beyond there is a proposal to have native HS2 trains from Liverpool via Warrington to Old Oak Common (for the Elizabeth Line and Heathrow) and Euston.

This could be a significant opportunity for the town but gives us the issue of where will the line go through Warrington and where will the station be sited, much popcorn on the  way?

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They were telling  us on last night's local news that Virgin ,even though  they are losing the west coast franchise , are hoping to start a direct service between  Liverpool & London.

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13 minutes ago, Evil Sid said:

 ok.

 

Lol.  I was referring to the Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything brigade

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On ‎6‎/‎12‎/‎2019 at 1:59 PM, Davy51 said:

They were telling  us on last night's local news that Virgin ,even though  they are losing the west coast franchise , are hoping to start a direct service between  Liverpool & London.

The details as disclosed are:

Station calls in both directions: Liverpool Lime Street – Liverpool South Parkway – Lichfield Trent Valley – Tamworth – Nuneaton - London Euston

Number of services:

Down Direction - 13 trains (forming an hourly service)

First service 06:36 from London Euston, last service from London Euston 21:36. Our aspiration is for a sub-2h 30m journey time, including station calls. No services from London Euston in the evening peak period.

Up Direction – 11 trains (forming an hourly service)

First service 08:13 from Liverpool Lime Street, last service from Liverpool Lime Street 20:13. Our aspiration is for a sub-2h 30m journey time, including station calls."

This is an Open Access service and they usually get batted back by Virgin but they are presumably applying now because the successor in the West Coast Franchise has no legal way of objecting because they haven't been selected yet!

If I were them I would sell tickets from Warrington via South Parkway as that is not a permitted route on the West Coast Franchise. They could use HSTs as they have to be able to run at 125 mph and they cannot have the Pendolinos. Of course HSTs are more comfortable than Pendolinos with more space in my view.

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