High-speed rail plan welcomed

By on 26/08/2009 in News

tilsley-paul-2004Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council Paul Tilsley has welcomed Network Rail proposals for a new £34bn high-speed railway line that would almost half the journey time from London to Birmingham.

The proposed line will link Scotland and London by 2030, getting passengers from Glasgow to London, via Birmingham and Manchester, in just two hours and 16 minutes.

Trains could travel as fast as 200mph, cutting the journey between London and Birmingham to 45 minutes, from a current best time of one hour and 22 minutes.

Cllr Tilsley said: “The proposed high speed rail link is great news and a vote of confidence for Birmingham; it will be a tremendous spur for businesses and our future.

“The City Council has already identified the considerable economic and regeneration benefits of such a route to Birmingham and the wider West Midlands.”

The government will now assess the costs and environmental issues involved before deciding whether to back the plans.

If given the go-ahead, Network Rail will take up to five years to decide on the exact route and complete the planning stages. It wants the first section of the line between London and Birmingham to be completed by 2020.

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