Construction of Phase 1 of HS2 will allow the rail industry to evaluate how capacity freed up on the southern section of the West Coast Main Line should be used.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon outlined the plans in a Lords Written Answer on June 17, to a question from Lord Berkeley regarding HS2 capacity.
Berkeley also asked when Network Rail would release its West Coast Main Line Capacity Plus study. Ahmad replied that NR was “continuing to develop the evidence base to support the Capacity Plus study”. He said it was expected to be published by the end of the year.