Posted 10th January 2012 | 4 Comments
Breaking news -- New High Speed network approved
THE TRANSPORT SECRETARY has given the green light to a domestic High Speed Rail network in Britain. The eventual system will connect London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, and allow through running to the continent via HS1. It will also include a link to Heathrow Airport.
The track will be designed to allow line speeds up to 400km/h -- a third higher than the maximum on the existing British High Speed line between London and the Channel Tunnel, and faster than most current High Speed lines offer in other countries.
Justine Greening said the project would provide new railway capacity on a scale which would not be achievable by 'tinkering with our Victorian rail infrastructure."
She continued: "A new high speed rail network will provide Britain with the additional train seats, connections and speed to stay ahead of the congestion challenge and help create jobs, growth and prosperity for the entire country.
"HS2 will link some of our greatest cities – and high speed trains will connect with our existing railway lines to provide seamless journeys to destinations far beyond it. This is a truly British network that will serve far more than the cities directly on the line.
“HS2 will deliver up to 26,000 more seats for rail passengers each hour and journey times slashed by as much as half. By attracting passengers off existing rail lines, roads and domestic air services, its benefits will be felt far beyond the network."
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