High speed rail to a low carbon future

26 August 2009

ASLEF today (August 26th) welcomed Network Rail’s proposals for a £34 billion high speed rail line linking London and Scotland via Manchester and Birmingham. The infrastructure operator’s plans would carry passengers from Glasgow to London in two hours and 16 minutes, almost half the existing time.

Keith Norman, General Secretary of ASLEF said ‘I’m glad to see Network Rail taking a long term view of our railway’s infrastructure needs. High speed rail not only provides a fast track to extra capacity on the network but also offers a genuine alternative to environmentally unsustainable short haul aviation and further road building programmes.’

Keith added ‘We welcome this infrastructure development following the recent announcement of plans to electrify the Great Western Line which demonstrate some much needed strategic thinking about the future of the UK rail network from the Labour government.’

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