New high-speed rail line 'could be completed by 2025'
Wed 30 Dec 2009
A new high-speed railway line between London and the West Midlands could be completed by 2025, it has been reported.
The government is currently considering proposals set out in a report by the High Speed Two (HST) company, according to BBC News.
Journey times could be cut between the capital and other regions of the UK thanks to the line, which would cater for about 20,000 passengers on 18 trains every hour.
A new London station is also proposed in the HST report, which would be located at the heart of the city.
Some 35 other sites were looked at by officials, who also discussed the possibility of linking the line with the Crossrail project, the Great Western mainline and Heathrow Airport.
Chief executive Alison Munro said a final report is due to be published next year, which will look at the relationship between the line and regional economic development.
The remit of HST, which was set up in January 2009, was set out in a report by secretary of state for transport Lord Adonis. Sir David Rowlands is its non-executive chairman.
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