At present there are 3 fast intercity trains per hour from Coventry to London. Centro's 20 March 2013 press release reconfirmed that under its proposals, Coventry would retain a 2-trains-per-hour London service, post-HS2. So the grand total of West Midlands capacity "freed up" by the Spinkansen is 1 path per hour. All the rest of Centro's 'research to understand capacity released', is empty spin.
Mr Inskip said Centro had carried out research to understand how capacity released on existing lines by HS2 could best be used to maximise the benefits to the West Midlands region.
He said Coventry would benefit from improved rail services once HS2 is built with new local services to Kenilworth and Leamington Spa, improved cross-regional links to the Black Country, Staffordshire and Shropshire and a half-hourly fast Intercity service to the growing business and employment centre of Milton Keynes – which recorded the second highest rise in journeys (26 per cent).
Under Centro proposals Coventry would retain a half-hourly fast Intercity service to London.
"We’re also pressing for direct services to mainland Europe which will mean passengers in Coventry and Birmingham could be in Paris and Brussels in less than three hours,” Mr Inskip said.
Obviously, the chances of passengers in Birmingham being in Paris in three hours are minimal.
- the infrastructure is unlikely to support a 3-hour journey time,
- there are no free paths in the January 2013 service pattern,
- and Eurostar is apparently increasing 'check-in' time to 45 minutes.
And most of all, because not enough people want to travel between Birmingham and Paris by rail.