High-speed rail will be Britain’s new transport system for the 21st century
Building on the success of High Speed 1, which provides high-speed international and domestic rail services between the Channel Tunnel and London St Pancras, there is a compelling case for developing a national HSR network to serve all of Britain.
With HSR, high-speed trains will operate between our major cities at speeds over 300 km/hour (around 200 miles per hour), dramatically cutting journey times and providing vital connectivity that will boost our economic competitiveness and shrink the north-south divide. With over 1,000 seats per train and service frequencies of more than 15 trains per hour in each direction, HSR will deliver the additional long-term transport capacity that we will need as our existing road and rail networks fill up. And HSR is the sustainable transport alternative: not only does it have a strong economic case, but the carbon emissions of travel by HSR only one-quarter of those of car and air travel.
Greengauge 21 is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2006 to research and develop the concept of a high-speed rail network, as a national economic priority. We do not have any vested commercial interests in the development of HSR.
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In 2012, Greengauge 21 established a HSR Industry Leaders Group to bring together industry expertise to help ensure that Britain’s high-speed rail network is delivered successfully to world-class standards.