High speed rail: a complete guide

High Speed 2 (HS2) is making recommendations on a high speed rail line in the UK on the London to Birmingham route. Network Rail and Greengauge 21's proposals are strategic, designed to establish the case for high speed rail, whereas HS2's work is deemed to be more detailed and wider ranging, with an engineering-led approach. Additionally, HS2's ambition is to provide central government with a complete guide to building a high speed rail network. HS2 are working with a range of stakeholders along the route and beyond, capitalising on the experience of HS1 in Kent. HS2's remit at Heathrow is to make proposals to serve passenger flows to the airport. Technical details of all the route options are described. The need for international liaison has been flagged up along with issues such achieving a balance between station location and achieving high speed. The need to carry full loads was highlighted, along with issues of sustainability and environmental design. The potential of high speed rail to create a modal shift away from car use on overloaded motorways was described. Estimates of timescales and costings would be provided year by year prior to the start of the project, likely to be in the later part of the second decade of the twenty-first century.

  • Authors:
    • FOWLER, D
  • Publication Date: 2009-9


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01146910
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:28AM