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Platform height legislation and plans

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George Haddington

Dear High Speed Two (HS2) Limited,

You have indicated now that you propose to provide a platform height of 1115mm to enable level access with the floor height of most high speed trains available today and therefore does not comply with the standard 550/750mm used in Europe or the special case in the UK allowed for 915mm.

On previous requests, you released a document which highlighted the need for level access, and that manufacturers were "unlikely" to lower floor heights further.

This decision would mean future interoperability/plans to link with European high speed lines would be restricted, for example not allowing for the use of captive double deck trains, especially trains potentially having to cater for 3 different platform heights, which is what the TSI standards were designed to stop.

The European railway agency report in 2015, OPINION ERA/OPI/2015-10, found HS2's case lacked merit, especially since there is more incentive to try and lower floors to suit the rest of Europe, meaning the UK's case would be exceptional in Europe, and certain manufacturers will find it hard to comply with.

1) Can you provide information whether this height will now purposefully not comply with TSI regulations, as they have rejected a special case/new category of platform height or whether this is ongoing?

2) If it was rejected, the platform height will be changed to one of the existing standards?

3) Can you address the potential lack of competition for new rolling stock manufacturers to cater for the UK's exceptional height in Europe compared to the standard heights elsewhere in future?

4) How any future link with HS1, however unlikely at present, would cope with other European trains which in future could be built with a floor height of 550/750mm, or double decker trains apart from a step solution HS2 suggests?

5) Double decker trains, as manufacturers like Alstom have indicated, would not be able to cope with such a platform height, for future captive HS2 trains, which is this considered a good tradeoff, when steps will need to be provided on the CRN?

Yours faithfully,

George Haddington

FOI Request, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Dear G Haddington

Thank you for your email to HS2 Ltd, a copy of which I include below. We
are considering your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
aim to reply as soon as possible and no later than 24 June.

Your reference number for the request is FOI-21-4125.

Kind regards,

Alistair Hobbs | Briefings, Correspondence and FOI Adviser | HS2 Ltd      

Tel: 08081 434 434 (Freephone number)| [HS2 request email]| [1]Facebook
| [2]Twitter | [3]LinkedIn

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited , Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway,
Birmingham, B4 6GA  | [4]www.gov.uk/hs2

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FOI Request, High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

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Dear G Haddington

Please see the attached in relation to your request for information
(below).

Kind regards,

Alistair.

Alistair Hobbs | Briefings, Correspondence and FOI Adviser | HS2 Ltd      

Tel: 08081 434 434 (Freephone number)| [HS2 request email]| [1]Facebook
| [2]Twitter | [3]LinkedIn

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited , Two Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway,
Birmingham, B4 6GA  | [4]www.gov.uk/hs2

Thanks.

 

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