Business leaders promote economic benefits of high-speed rail

Published on Friday, 07 January 2011 10:55
Posted by Scott Buckler

High-speed rail travel in the UK will benefit the nation's economy, it has been predictedThis is according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which has claimed enhancing the train network will generate revenue by connecting large cities in the north with the rest of the country.


Commenting on government plans, CBI director-general Richard Lambert welcomed the decision to connect the new line with Heathrow International and the HS1 route.

"By enabling more long-distance journeys to be made by rail, a new high-speed line could also contribute to the UK's carbon reduction targets," he declared

In a document, the organisation has outlined the business case for faster rail, including shorter journey times, boosting productivity and reduced congestion on the main network, highlighting the need to ensure rail freight is not negatively affected by the changes.

Mr Lambert's comments come after ministers unveiled details of the preferred Y-shaped route for a planned high-speed line between London, Birmingham and the north of England.

Linking the HS2 line with Heathrow International is intended to provide direct services from the Midlands to the Channel Tunnel.

Source: ©Cilt UK

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