Agreement in sight to bring fast rail link to Scotland

27 July, 2015

An agreement to cut train journeys from Scotland to London to three hours by bringing high-speed rail north of the Border is in the offing between the UK and Scottish governments.

The deal could involve a combination of upgrading existing tracks and building new high-speed lines, targeting sections of new line, built for higher speed, to provide the extra line capacity where necessary.

A spokesperson from the Scottish Government said “The Scottish Government and the Department for Transport (DfT) continue to work together and we are optimistic about seeing a joint, positive announcement as the outcome of these talks.”

Read Alastair Dalton’s full article in The Scotsman here.

Eurostar sale proves the commercial value of British high-speed rail

4 March, 2015

The UK Government’s sale of its 40% share in Eurostar raises £585m for the Exchequer – with a further £172m coming from the sale of its preference share, making a total of roundly £0.75bn. This exceeds handsomely the value expected: Government accounts showed Read on »

Scottish government cites Greengauge 21 research in call to Westminster

25 February, 2015

Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown has challenged the main Westminster parties to commit to HSR north of the border — citing research from Greengauge 21 which shows a Manchester to Scotland high speed link has the potential to generate almost £25bn for the economy. Read the full article here.

The PAC tells us only part of the story

15 January, 2015

The Public accounts Committee calls for a 30-year strategic plan in its critique of HS2, and we agree with them, but suspect that in 30 years’ time, we’ll still all be waiting. DfT has done well to get rail Read on »

Why HS2 must be the catalyst for economic growth

15 December, 2014

Antony Oliver from Infrastructure Intelligence speaks to HS2 commercial director Beth West about how investment in high speed rail projects across the world is now seen as a proven catalyst for urban and regional regeneration, and how the UK will follow suit. The critical factor in ensuring that maximum benefits flow from this investment catalyst, according to Beth West, is first having a vision for what the city or region needs and then having leaders capable of delivering that vision. Read the full article here