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This blog publicised the public consultation, which ran February to July 2011

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HS2 Trains

HS2 trains would be high speed trains running at speeds of up to 225 mph, similar to other European high speed railways. The proposed route alignment could enable running up to 250mph in the future if faster trains become available without an unacceptable increase in noise.

HS2 trains would all be designed with the same maximum speed, rate of acceleration and braking specification, which is essential for maximizing the capacity (number of trains that can run) along HS2. They would be up to 400 metres long, providing up to 1,100 seats and there would be up to 14 trains per hour in each direction, rising up to 18 as train control technology develops. And although the railway could carry more people than a motorway, the basic width of the tracks would be about one third of the width of a motorway.

The trains would meet the European standards known as the Technical Specifications for Interoperability. They would have high levels of reliability and safety.

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Written by HS2 Ltd

July 20, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Infrastructure factsheets

More information about the HS2 Consultation. Infrastructure factsheets include:

  • Infrastructure Maintenance Depot

Read the factsheet introduction, and access the full factsheet using the links below.

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Written by HS2 Ltd

May 18, 2011 at 9:37 am