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High-speed rail plans have been announced by the government. But don't rush to get a ticket, work seems unlikely to even start before 2017.
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It may not be finished in our lifetimes...Gramaisc said:work seems unlikely to even start before 2017.
Indeed, they've never really finished the low-speed rail network after the best part of 200 years!..MyCult said:It may not be finished in our lifetimes...Gramaisc said:work seems unlikely to even start before 2017.
30 years ago if your train was half an hour late you might miss your very important meeting. Today, when the train is half an hour late you make it with a few seconds to spare. Surely that is progress!basil said:30yrs ago it was 1hr 45 to euston, the question is what can one do with the extra 25mins?.......
Actually Stafford would benefit....John Marwood said:Unfortunately the high speed bit won't start until you have arrived by another 'normal' train into Birmingham...
London is now 1hour 20 minutes from Stafford. Highly unlikely that this time will ever be beaten,ever, ever ... :/
If HS2 is built there will be two types of rolling stock ordered - one that can only run on HS line (TGV / Thalys type stuff) and another capable of HS2 line speed, but able to use the rest of the normal network as well as HS2. Trains would be 200m long (but could be coupled together) and so would be able to call at normal stations like Stafford without any major issue (no buses necessary!). Just delved into the technical stuff that's been published and my understanding of that is Stafford to London would be done in 55 mins with one stop at a new Old Oak Common station for interchange onto Crossrail.John Marwood said:If you could possibly explain that in a little more detail please henryscat...
are you saying we need to 'bus ' it to the Seedy Mill Golf Course giant platform to get the new train ? Because I believed that Stafford could not afford a new platform for said train
Surely that would 'even out ' the timings?
25 minutes to me is the difference between eating and not eating lunch, or perhaps making an important phone call to the bank for example.... today things are much different...I have to work 60+ hours a week and that's 60 hours of work, not 60 hours of being at work, having lunch and coffee breaks etc.basil said:I guess 25mins in stafford could mean a lie-in for some, if you've to be in london for a meeting and you're 25mins early then there's plent of coffee shops to visit......that's progress..........