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Rowlands maps the future of high-speed rail to Birmingham and beyond

High Speed Two, the company set up by the Government to investigate the potential of a high-speed rail network in the UK, is set to deliver its first report before the year end and, according to interim chair Sir David Rowlands, this work could catalyse a national debate on the merits of HSR.

Rik Thomas
Sir David Rowlands sees a high-speed network as freeing up significant capacity on existing inter-city rail routes, particularly on the West Coast Main Line
Sir David Rowlands sees a high-speed network as freeing up significant capacity on existing inter-city rail routes, particularly on the West Coast Main Line
Although the possibility of linking future high-speed rail lines with the existing HS1 route to the Channel Tunnel was something that HS2 has been asked to investigate, Rowlands sees most future passengers from Birmingham and points north terminating in London and not heading on to the continent
Although the possibility of linking future high-speed rail lines with the existing HS1 route to the Channel Tunnel was something that HS2 has been asked to investigate, Rowlands sees most future passengers from Birmingham and points north terminating in London and not heading on to the continent

 

HS2 is, according to Sir David Rowlands, on course to deliver its report on the development of a high-speed rail network in the UK to Government before the end of the year, as specified when the company was established early this year. “We will give the Government detailed route proposals from London to the West Midlands, taking in Heathrow Airport, and also give advice on broad corridors beyond that,” he explains. “We will examine the business case, provide an environmental...

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