The Government will today reveal the finalised route for a
London-Birmingham high-speed rail line.
Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond said on
Sunday that the route had been altered to deal with serious concerns about its
impact on local communities and the countryside.
“The route that we publish as our preferred
route will be changed from the original,” said Hammond. “I believe there is some complete misinformation out there about the extent
of the impact of the railway and when people understand precisely what is being
proposed, I think many of them will realise that the impact will be far less
than they have been led to believe.”
Due to be started in 2015, the line could
take passengers from London to Birmingham or vice versa in as little as half an hour,
travelling at up to 250mph.
“The new High Speed 2 rail route will help to
strengthen Birmingham’s links with the UK and
the rest of the world, increasing our conference and events profile to a wider
audience,” said Ian Taylor, Commercial Director at Marketing Birmingham. “The
proposed line will effectively put Birmingham at ‘Zone 4’ of the London
Underground map, with journey times
to and from the capital taking just 49 minutes, making the city more accessible
and competitive on a national and international
He adds that the new route will boost
events sector, which is worth £2.3bn and supports 36,000
CN also recently reported the proposed London-Frankfurt high-speed line.