Launch of High Speed Rail Development Programme

13 June, 2008

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:

  1. London – Birmingham – Manchester
  2. London – Cambridge – Northeast
  3. London – Bristol/Cardiff
  4. Trans-Pennine
  5. Anglo-Scottish

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”.

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