A report suggests the HS2 rail line could be built for less than half the previously estimated cost if it terminated at Old Oak Common.
The Research Group’s report, covered in the Evening Standard, suggests that the total cost, previously estimated at £16bn, could be as little as £6 billion. The report says savings could be made if the line were to use types of trains and track already in operation on the Continent, and if only three stations were built – one in Londona t Old Oak, one in Birmingham and one in Manchester.
The report suggests the London terminus of “High Speed Light” would be at Old Oak Common, north of Wormwood Scrubs, to let passengers interchange with Crossrail to and from Heathrow. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond told the Standard the report was a “welcome contribution to the debate” but its ideas, such as an interchange at Old Oak Common, are unlikely to be adopted. This is because the Lib-Con coalition has asked Lord Mawhinney, a former Tory transport secretary, to investigate extending High Speed Two direct to Heathrow.