Sir Rod tries to derail high-speed train link

A report by Sir Rod Eddington on the links between transport and economic productivity in the UK doubted the value of investment in major projects such as high-speed rail. Eddington suggests that the potentially low rates of return from investing in high-speed rail were associated with the following factors: the UK's compact economic geography, the existence of relatively low-cost air services connecting the more distant UK cities, the unproven demand for new high-speed rail, the potential for the costs of high-speed rail projects to escalate, and the environmental implications of land take. He also doubted claims that high-speed rail would be a cost-effective way to reduce the carbon emissions for journeys between Scotland and England. Analysis of the potential carbon benefits from modal shift from air to high-speed rail suggested that the benefits would be small compared with the very high costs of constructing and operating the scheme. Eddington's findings were built on those of a study by Michael Mann, who considered the potential for economic benefits arising from 'step change' projects, focusing on a possible high-speed rail link between England and Scotland.


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  • Accession Number: 01045835
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 5 2007 12:22PM