Fast forward!

Details are provided of the study carried out by the pressure group Greengauge 21 into the future of high speed rail in the UK. The advantages of high speed rail for long distance travel in the UK and the requirements of a successful system are listed. The proposed network is described. This consists of two north-south routes, one on the east and one on the west of the country with east-west links between London and South Wales, across the Pennines and between Edinburgh and Glasgow. There are links to Heathrow Airport, to the Channel Tunnel line and to the existing network. Details are given of the speeds, frequencies, capacities and journey times envisaged on the lines which would be mainly purpose-built although on some lines the upgrading of an existing route is considered the best option. The problem of accessing city centres is considered and existing stations which could accommodate extra services noted. The business case for each line is discussed. Plans to build the first section from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool at a cost of £19 billion are outlined. Estimates are made of possible future levels of use and funding. Issues of regulation and planning are considered.


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  • Pagination: 60-63
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01153137
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 23 2010 9:18AM