Scotland will benefit from 34,000 additional seats per day from London when HS2 is completed in 2033.
Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell revealed the figure in a Commons Written Reply to Alan Brown (SNP, Kilmarnock and Loudon), who had asked three questions relating to HS2.
Mundell explained: “The Economic Case for HS2 Phase 2, published in July 2017, provided the latest evidential basis and showed that the overall benefits of HS2 across the UK, including wider economic impacts, are estimated at around £92 billion in net present value terms.”
He said the business case assumes two 400-metre HS2 trains per hour between London and Scotland, and that these will split or join at Carstairs, with half serving Glasgow and the other half serving Edinburgh.
Mundell added that final decisions regarding the service pattern will be made closer to the time. Each 400m train is assumed to have 1,056 seats.
“Assuming 16 hours of departures per day, the services assumed in the business case would provide a total of 34,000 seats between London-Glasgow and London-Edinburgh on HS2 in both directions each day,” said Mundell.