HS2 Proposed platform height

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Dear Department for Transport,

On 19th May 2016 Andrew McNaughton, the Technical Director of HS2, told the House of Lords committee considering the HS2 Phase One Hybrid Bill :- [transcript]

"335. On step-free access, that is absolutely our objective in the 21st century. I believe it has been the subject of comment by other Lords. How would you ever come forward with a proposal which had steps in it in the 21st century? We are currently working with the European Union’s standards organisations to have step-free access not just to platforms but right the way through to the seat on the train. We are challenging historic practice, and that is our objective. We have had a transport focus organisation put together a family of passengers. Whether they be able-bodied or not, the comment is that in the 21st century whoever you are, or whatever your needs – luggage or whatever – steps are not part of the solution."

1. Can you confirm that step free access to trains is not possible with the platform heights specified in the TSI or with UK standard platform heights?

2. Does the Department agree that HS2 should provide step free access to trains?

3. If so, what steps has the Department taken to ensure that HS2 will have step free access?

4. What implications does the Brexit referendum result have on the process and timing of any decision to provide step free access?

Yours faithfully,

J Marriott

Department for Transport

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Mr Marriott,


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I have received answers to the questions I asked but it raises many issues which I intend to follow up.