In response to the launch of the high speed rail UK campaign, Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies, said:
”High speed rail can bring major benefits to passengers, the economy and the environment. It will take a long time to get high speed trains up and running between our major cities so it’s right that we plan today for tomorrow’s railway.
“However, money set aside for new high speed lines must allow much needed investment in other rail projects to go ahead, to ensure that no part of the network is left behind. It is also vital that decisions about the destinations which might be served by high speed rail are based on a sound business case.
“The passenger must come first – it is essential to think about not just the route of any new line but also the on-board journey, ticket prices and stations. These are all areas where train companies have expertise to make sure high speed rail works for everyone.
“We will continue to work with the government, Network Rail and others to look at how high speed rail can form part of a wider plan to improve Britain’s railways.”