High Speed Rail News

UK govt poised to greenlight high-speed network

UK govt poised to greenlight high-speed network

30 December 2009 Rail & Coach News

Plans for a new high-speed rail network between London and Scotland could be agreed as early as March, according to the Transport Secretary Lord Adonis. The network would feature 200mph trains and cut journey times to the north of Britain by half to just over two hours.

Veoila and Trenitalia mount rival Eurostar service

Veoila and Trenitalia mount rival Eurostar service

24 December 2009 Rail & Coach News

French water and transport group Veolia Environnement is in advance talks to run high-speed train services to compete with SNCF, including its Eurostar network. The joint bid with Trenitalia, part of Italy’s state-owned rail firm, would serve to break Eurostar’s monopoly on routes from Paris to Brussels and London, and could start in 2012.

High speed scramble

12 August 2009 Press Release Rail & Coach News

USA: As expected, the decision by the Obama administration to allocate $8bn of stimulus funding for high speed rail development, followed by $5bn from the transport budget over the next five years, has triggered a flood of interest across the country.

China plans 35 high-speed lines by 2012

25 July 2009 Press Release Rail & Coach News

While work continues in Britain examining the case for building a new high- speed rail line from London to the West Midlands and North—which may be opened by 2025—China has announced plans to build 35 high-speed routes by 2012.

US seizes high speed rail initiative

US seizes high speed rail initiative

20 April 2009 Press Release Rail & Coach News

WHILE Britain awaits a further report on whether to go ahead with a second high speed rail line, US President Barack Obama has announced a strategic plan for 10 high-speed corridors — with up to $13 billion (£8.8 billion) to seed planning and development.