The HS2 railway is facing a cost increase of tens of millions of pounds after ordering train carriages without enough doors.
Whitehall officials have gone back to the drawing board with train manufacturers after the alarm was sounded that having one set of doors on each carriage risked delays to HS2 services.
A “variation order” to amend the contract could cost taxpayers tens if not hundreds of millions of pounds, sources said.
A variation order on the basic design?
Short story. If HS” called at its own stations, or at lesat platforms, then one door a carriage could – might – work. If they’re to use extant stations then it won’t. So, at this late stage, change the design of the trains to have two doors per carriage.#
Lube up lads, this is going to be painful even then.
There is a solution here of course. The line now is only London to Brum. So why not just use regular trains on it? Higher speed just isn’t much on an issue on a 1 hour-ish journey anyway.