Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Lower Thames Crossing Overview
Fanning out northern side the rails need to go to Stansted, Cambridge and Norwich and south side Tonbridge and Brighton Mark 2 network as well as Kent and Chunnel makes sense. Cambridge taps into East-West Rail and Bedford-Northampton for DIRFT/West Coast. HS2 is wrong side of London, M11 corridor-A14 to Lutterworth and Birmingham would have been better, even at 120 mph (lower design specification cuts costs) gives time to consume a cup of coffee as you enjoy the countryside. Chunnel-West Midlands freight included would have been a boost, alas current HS2 is a sterile self contained cage with bedeviling West London, messing up the Chilterns and cutting through vast tracts of land without a station either end which means all development in it's wake will add to existing roads and rails making mayhem. This Lower Thames Crossing does not do that, it seeks to reach out and make common cause and links, diversity and multi-rail disciplinary applications (variety of local and regional train operations). March-Spalding new build is required to feed into it from the Doncaster line.