New high-speed rail network 'under consideration'
Wed 07 Sep 2011
Plans to create a new high-speed rail network in the UK are reportedly under consideration by the government.
According to the Sunday Times, approximately £500 million would go towards a connection between Heathrow Airport and Cardiff.
This could potentially complement the proposed HS2 network, which would run between London and Birmingham, before extending to Manchester and Leeds.
No official confirmation of the proposed infrastructure upgrades has yet been issued.
Nevertheless, Rodney Berman of Cardiff Council believes the news is "incredibly encouraging", as it could help to "attract new businesses" to the south Wales region.
He noted that the ease of access to major airports is a "big consideration" for companies that are thinking of relocating.
Graham Morgan of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce also threw his weight behind the idea, telling the South Wales Evening Post that reducing travel times between the region and Heathrow should make Swansea "a much more attractive business location".
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