HS2 project will mean ‘poorer rail service from Berwick’

Berwick’s rail services will suffer if the Government’s £50 billion High Speed Rail project goes ahead.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 27th February 2014, 9:45 am

That’s the warning from the HS2 Action Alliance - the anti-HS2 national campaign group opposing the plans.

The group says that while the official HS2 business case published last October contains over £8.3 billion worth of cost savings from cuts to existing local rail services.

Berwick is one of the stations that would have a poorer rail service if HS2 goes ahead.

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At present there is one direct train an hour to London with three intermediate stops.

After HS2 that direct train would have seven intermediate stops. Journey times to London would be 20 minutes longer.

“The Government’s own report shows Berwick will lose out under HS2”, said HS2 Action Alliance local campaigns director Peter Chegwyn.

“Far from getting an improved rail service under HS2, Berwick will suffer with London-bound travellers facing longer journey times.

“Rail travel between Berwick and London will be slower, not faster.

“ Steam trains offered a better service to Berwick than HS2”, said Mr. Chegwyn.

The alliance is calling on Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith to vote against the HS2 plans when they are debated in Parliament this spring.