Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence



  Phase I of the West Coast Upgrade would be delivered by May 2003. This would provide a 125 mph railway together with tilting train operation and the agreed nine paths per hour.

  Phase II would be descoped to maintain the agreed eleven paths per hour, but at 125 instead of 140 mph.

  140 mph would be deferred, with limited 140 mph operation being introduced when the deferred infrastructure schemes were finally introduced.

  This would require VRG to purchase, maintain and crew up to nine additional Pendolino sets at a purchase cost of £100 million by 2004.

  The planned increase in train frequency is needed to provide additional seats for the planned growth in passengers and the Agreement would bring the eleven paths per hour forward from 2005 to 2004.

  This would provide four trains an hour between London and Birmingham from October 2004.

  Typical journey times would be London to Manchester in 2 hours 05 minutes in May 2003 and 2 hours 00 minutes in October 2004.

  VRG has offered to divert two of the eleven fast line paths via Northampton from 2004 to release capacity on the "slow lines" for Freight and Commuter services.

  A package of further cost effective investments for Government and SRA to consider.

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