At a Railway Forum event at the Millennium Point in Birmingham, Greengauge 21 Director Jim Steer announces the launch of a £0.75m development programme on high speed rail funded by a consortium of interests who are creating a Public Interest Group to oversee the work.
At today’s Railway Forum event at the Millennium Point in Birmingham, Greengauge 21 Director Jim Steer announced the launch of a £0.75m development programme on high speed rail. The programme will be funded by a consortium of interests who are creating a Public Interest Group to oversee the work.
The programme is designed to:
- identify a national strategy and examine high-speed rail in 5 identified corridors
- identify the technical standards that should apply to further high-speed rail in Britain
- investigate funding options
- consult widely on the conclusions reached by earlier studies and on the outcome of this programme.
Recent benefits, which to the West Midlands region alone are estimated at £2.24 billion. Other regions in England, Wales and Scotland can expect to see similarly large benefits. The work programme will examine and develop schemes for 5 corridors:
- London – Birmingham – Manchester
- London – Cambridge – Northeast
- London – Bristol/Cardiff
Jim Steer, Director Greengauge 21 said:
“This programme is designed to answer the questions that Ministers and others raise about high-speed rail. We start from a perspective that this is all about achieving sustainable growth for the economy of Britain as a whole, rather than just a narrow concern about rail capacity, important though that issue will no doubt continue to be”.