Nearly half of Brits back high-speed train scheme
Post by Sean Davies
on 28 February 2011 in Travel & Leisure
Almost half of all Britons support the idea of building a
high-speed railway network in the UK, says a new poll.
A nationwide survey, commissioned by the Department for
Transport, shows that 47 per cent of people would like to see cross-country
travel times slashed through the introduction of high-speed trains. Only 9 per
cent of people said they were against the idea, while 44 per cent were
The government will today release more details of a scheme
to build a £32billion link between Birmingham and London by 2017, and also
launch a consultation programme in order to assess public opinion.
Once the new line is completed, it's estimated the journey
time between the two cities would fall from 85 minutes to 49 minutes, according
to an article by the Metro newspaper. Travel time between Manchester and London
would be cut from two hours to 73 minutes if the scheme goes ahead.
But while a new rail network would be welcomed by regular
rail users such as commuters and people on family days out, many people who
live near the proposed route have voiced their objections.
Transport secretary, Philip Hammond, said: "Of course
we will do everything we can to mitigate the impacts on areas like the
Chilterns but projects like this have to be decided on the basis of the
national interest and the overall net benefits it will bring to Britain."