Skip to comments.High-speed rail: just 1.2 miles of railway in Chilterns will be above ground (UK's HS2)
Posted on 01/11/2012 12:31:27 AM PST by Olog-hai
Just 1.2 miles of the new High Speed Rail line in the Chilterns will be above ground in an attempt to lessen the visual impact of the controversial project.
Direct train services linking Birmingham to Paris in just over three hours will be possible from the middle of the next decade after the Government confirmed it will press ahead with plans for a high speed rail network.
The decision to include a direct link between the existing high speed line from London to the Channel Tunnel and the new route up to Birmingham was the biggest surprise in the announcement by Justine Greening, the Transport Secretary.
At the same time she moved to soothe critics of the controversial scheme, which would see trains hurtling through the countryside at speeds of up to 250 mph, by announcing a series of new tunnels which are designed to minimize the scheme's environmental impact.
Emma Boon, campaign director of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "High-speed rail (HSR) will leave generations of ordinary taxpayers paying for a train set that will mostly be used by the rich. We can't afford £32 billion for this project right now. The business case is fundamentally flawed and the Government has vastly inflated the benefits of HSR to the regional economy while hiding the true costs of the project."
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Don’t you mean a Birmingham-London-Paris subway?
They've made this major change (tunnels and deep cuttings) without adjusting the cost at all. Surely, this will add another 30-50%. I wonder when that gets announced.
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