Article date 19 February 2010
Revised 27 March 2013
Our proposal for Aylesbury Interchange (AI) on High Speed 2 radically changes our thinking and the proposal for a London Rail Orbital no longer forms part of our current thinking. Nevertheless the objectives listed below would seem to remain valid and not all of them are satisfied.
The London Rail Orbital is designed to strengthen the national rail network. By providing routes around London, jouneys are enabled that are difficult at present.
Some rail services introduced could provide alternatives to journeys by car that make use of the M25 motorway. New passenger services could be specifically designed to reduce congestion on the M25 motorway by analysis of route patterns, seeking to target journeys currently undertaken by use of the M25 for which rail could provide a viable alternative.
The London Rail Orbital could also prove to be an enabler for the reintroduction of motorail services. Some of these services could be designed as a contribution towards the reduction of road congestion. Again, analysis of route patterns would be a prerequisite.
Some rail services introduced could reduce the demand for journeys in to and out of London, thereby potentially reducing congestion at central London facilities, including the Underground. New passenger services could be specifically designed to target specific areas of overcrowding and bring relief.
There is the potential to improve integration between High Speed and conventional rail.
Routes could be provided for rail freight avoiding central London.
Extensions to passenger services e.g. Crossrail could provide new commuter routes into London.
The European Spatial Development Perspective and the North West European Spatial Vision identify London and the South East of England as the most significant infrastructure bottleneck in north western Europe, hindering the movement of people and goods within a wider European context, with implications for all English regional economies. The London Rail Orbital is designed in response to these observations.
Our proposal for Aylesbury Interchange (AI) on High Speed 2 radically changes our thinking and the proposal for a London Rail Orbital no longer forms part of our current thinking. Nevertheless, of the objectives listed above, perhaps particularly of significance is that rail services could contribute towards a reduction of road congestion.