Greengauge yields a 25-year plan

Details are provided of Greengauge 21's report 'Fast Forward: a High-Speed Rail Strategy for Britain' which presents a 25 year plan to build a 1500 km high speed rail network covering the UK. The network comprises two north-south lines running up the west and east sides of England to Glasgow and Edinburgh, connecting all the major cities, and three east-west routes, in central Scotland, across the Pennines and from London to Bristol and south Wales. Seen as an alternative to short-haul air transport, operating speeds of 320 km/h are anticipated on most lines with up to 15 trains an hour. Lower speeds would be operated on the Trans-Pennine link and on the section between Newcastle and Edinburgh with upgrading to 200 km/h considered sufficient between London and south Wales. To serve city centres spurs are preferred with edge of city hub stations on suitable sites. Details are given of each of the lines proposed beginning with the High Speed North West line which is considered to have the most urgent business case. An estimate is made of the cost benefit ratio for each line and suggestions for funding are made.

  • Authors:
    • FOWLER, D
  • Publication Date: 2009-10


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 22-25
  • Monograph Title: Predictive navigation: the remedy for congestion
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01147146
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 24 2009 8:46AM