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09.10.12

HS2 Scotland extension study announced

A study examining the extension of HS2 to Scotland will start later this year, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.

This could lead to journey times to London in under three hours. The review will look at capacity and journey times, and involve government agency Transport Scotland, to be completed in early 2013.

McLoughlin reiterated his support for the project, despite campaigners calling for a review of HS2 following the DfT’s errors over the West Coast franchise recently came to light.

He said: “We can’t afford not to build it. Our competitors around the world are investing in the best transport, and we must too.

“We’re launching a study on the way to get fast journeys further north still, with the aim of getting the journey from Scotland to London to under three hours and making sure the North East benefits too, because this will be a scheme for every person in Britain.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

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Comments

Simon Hope   24/10/2012 at 09:57

Excellent news , indeed showing that the project will benefit the whole of the UK and it should be 'fast tracked' as soon as possible.

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