London mayor Boris Johnson’s objection to the proposed connection between High Speed 1 and 2 has been confirmed in a question time answer.
Johnson said the current plan that would see high speed trains running on the existing North London line was “unacceptable” because of the impact it would have on London Overground services.
“The proposed connection between High Speed 2 (HS2) and HS1 is unacceptable and alternative options must be identified that do not adversely impact on London’s rail services,” said Johnson, in a written answer put forwrard by London Assembly member Navin Shah in February’s Mayor’s Question Time. The answer was made public last week.
“The proposed link as planned would largely use existing tracks and, as proposed, would adversely impact on London Overground capacity and performance,” he said. “I have asked the transport secretary to consider alternative options which include more dedicated infrastructure for HS2 services.
“I am pleased that the secretary of state has acknowledged this issue and Transport for London will work closely with HS2 Ltd to examine all options,” he said.
Johnson is also challenging the government to do more to mitigate noise disturbance to residents living above or near HS2 tunnels and wants cash to build a second Crossrail line in order to disperse passengers arriving at the Euston hub.