Greengauge 21 has launched an investigation into the market for services that would use the planned connection between HS1 and HS2.
“So far, there appears to have been no examination of the inter-regional demand that could be served by the link. So the case for investment has had to rest on the important, but smaller, international demand flows”, said Greengauge 21 Director Jim Steer.
The work will look at both inter-regional and international demand levels. Also under examination will be possible ways to address vital border control issues. Greengauge 21 expects to have initial results by the end of April.
The demand study will be carried out by independent consultants. Guidance on London matters will be provided by TfL.
Organisations sponsoring this research are PTEg (the Passenger Transport Executive Group that comprises Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Merseyside, Tyne and Wear and the West Midlands), Kent County Council, Essex County Council, South East Local Economic Partnership and Newham Borough Council.