The future of Britain’s railways was given a boost today after Network Rail unveiled ambitious plans for a high-speed Replacement Bus Service to link London with Birmingham and the north of England.
Transport Secretary Lord Adonis told the House of Lords that the new scheme includes vehicles capable of travelling at up to 35mph, slashing journey times from London to Birmingham to just eight hours, down from the current twenty-four, and involving as few as eight changes. ‘The planned rail link will involve hundreds of miles of new railway,’ Lord Adonis said, ‘although most of the vehicles will be using the M1 anyway so we don’t really need to wait until they’ve finished laying the track.’
The new service could be running as early as 2016 although delays are expected and a replacement scheme will be in operation until 2024.
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