Improving rail connectivity to Scotland is a higher priority than building the HS2 Phase 2b high-speed line from Crewe to Manchester, Greengauge has told the National Infrastructure Commission.
Greengauge says the Government should focus on bringing the rail journey time from London to Glasgow and Edinburgh down to three hours and ten minutes and increasing anglo-Scottish freight capacity.
This is more important than building HS2 Phase 2b from Crewe to Manchester “which probably has a weak business case, especially if compared with a line of route upgrade”.
Greengauge proposes about 50 miles of new high-speed lines in the West Coast corridor and some substantial upgrades. It suggests:
For the East Coast it suggests:
Greengauge also backs extending the Borders Railway from Tweedbank to Carlisle.
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