HS2 delayed by 7 years – although still expected to arrive before today’s 7:18 Southern service from Brighton to London.

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Delays on British rail network totalled 32 years in 2018

The HS2 Railway is now set to be delayed by up to 7 years.

The first scheduled train from London Euston to Birmingham is set to leave sometime during Summer 2026 and many Southern Rail passengers are having to plan their journey early in order to make the London Euston departure.

Chris from Hove got up extra early this morning just so he could catch the 5:32 from Brighton to London Victoria. He hopes to arrive into London around mid-late June 2026. Chris is making the journey to visit his newborn daughter. Chris told us, “Sadly I missed the birth, but hopefully if I make the connection I will be there for her 7th birthday.”

We also caught up with Stephanie somewhere in between Brighton and Burgess Hill on the 7:18 service. Unfortunately for Stephanie she decided to press the snooze button a few too many times and now isn’t expected to arrive into the capital until early 2029. Stephanie said, “I was feeling a little tired this morning and wanted a short lie-in, but in hindsight probably wasn’t worth it because it’s going to cost me a few years of my life.”

HS2 will potentially cost over £20 billion more than previous estimates due to inflation.

A spokesman for Southern Rail spoke ‘wise’ words, “£20 billion is a ridiculous amount of money, we can get you to your destination for a fraction of the price. 7 years is a long time but it’s an investment.” We queried about the many delays to Southern trains but there was a faulty signal between the junction in the spokesman’s brain and his mouth. We asked if Southern care more about their customers’ precious time or their money, but he received a phone call from the Head of Important train stuff at that very moment and was unable to answer our question.

Southern have frustrated passengers for many years now due to late or cancelled trains and several strikes.

We managed to get a rare opportunity for an interview with a passenger who arrived into Victoria on a Southern train this morning. He appeared particularly dishevelled with a full beard and what appeared to be ketchup on his cheek. He was unable to respond to our questions which we believe was down to him losing the will to speak.

P.S. We all wish Chris’ daughter a happy birthday for whenever he arrives.

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