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By putting direct inter-city services on dedicated high speed lines, #HS2 will allow more #train services to run on 3 of the country’s most heavily congested rail routes; West Coast Main Line, East Coast Main Line and Midland Main Line (1/3) Map showing the HS2 route and the resulting capacity released on the West Coast, East Coast and Midland mainlines.
This presents a once in a generation opportunity to improve services on these routes, including passenger services to locations not directly served by #HS2. This will help reduce overcrowding by offering more seats for more passengers on more trains across the country (2/3) Graphic showing how commuter seats leaving Manchester Piccadilly in rush hour will increase from 3,490 to 8,620 and Leeds from 1,720 to 4,860.
By freeing up capacity on our current #railways, #HS2 will help take hundreds of lorries off the roads every day as more freight can move to #rail. This will create more space for drivers on our motorways, make road journeys safer and help the fight against #climatechange (3/3) Motorway busy with traffic and Heavy Goods Vehicles.
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This week, @LiamHalligan and @C4Dispatches asked whether #HS2 was a good use of public funds, and whether the same benefits could be gained by spending the money elsewhere.

Here's our answer.
#HS2alltheway #WhyHS2
The vast majority of Britain's railways are a jack of all trades and a master of none.

Because of our mix of fast, slow, non-stop and stopping trains, we aren't able to squeeze services together to get the most out of the existing infrastructure.
The fastest services eat up the most capacity by forcing everything else to get out of the way - trains can't overtake on a two track railway.

Building HS2 unlocks a massive amount of space on the existing railway by segregating high speed services onto their own pair of tracks.
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This #TransitCapacityComparison looks at high speed maglev systems: the Shanghai Transrapid (operating), Chūō Shinkansen (under construction) and #Hyperloop (proposed).

We've also included the UK's second high speed rail line, #HS2.

Do the figures match your expectations?
For more information on maglev (magnetic levitation) systems, read this docu-thread by @GarethDennis... It goes through the history of the technology's development, from the Hovertrain through to Hyperloop:
(Our cross-Thames #TransitCapacityComparison is taking a little longer to curate than planned: we hope this satisfies your transit infographic appetites!)
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