Posts Tagged ‘ high speed rail ’

A future for rail?

Jun 18th, 2018 | By

Adrian concludes his two-part series on rail and tourism by looking to the future



Saturday snippets: 17th February 2018

Feb 17th, 2018 | By

AS Cinese New Year gets away Adrian highlights a few places to see the festivities in the UK and Ireland



The train on platform 1 is for Amsterdam and Frankfurt

Jun 18th, 2013 | By

Regular readers might remember that the German state railway, Deutsche Bahn, announced some years ago that it wanted to run trains directly from London to Frankfurt. Now it looks as though the service may finally start. But not until 2016.



Whither HS2?

Jan 28th, 2013 | By

The announcement this morning of the route of HS2 on to Manchester and Leeds will mean I will save an hour on my monthly trek to Leeds. But trek it will still be as it will take me ninety minutes to travel the 26 miles from where I live to Kings Cross to connect with the line.



No New Runway and APD Changes

May 15th, 2010 | By

The new coalition government has already signified two differences from its predecessor that will affect travellers. Both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats were opposed to another runway at Heathrow so it is no surprise that that has been confirmed. They have also announced that there will be no expansion at Gatwick or Stansted airports.
But already the new Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond, can expect that he will be lobbied to change his mind. This seems unlikely given that both parties agreed this as part of the coalition agreement. What will go ahead is a push for high speed rail
Airport Passenger Duty is currently paid by each passenger regardless of the size of a plane or whether the plane is full or not.



High Speed Rail Charges Ahead

Mar 12th, 2010 | By

Actually it doesn’t.
After all the hype from Lord Adonis, the Transport Secretary, about high speed rail, the long awaited announcement has come that we are going to accelerate to become a nation linked by the fastest trains we have ever had. And to save 20 minutes to an hour or whatever it will be it will take 7 years before construction can begin and the first phase will be completed in 16 years.
This isn’t so much high-speed rail as tortoise speed government.



High Speed Trains: The Way Ahead?

Jan 31st, 2010 | By

On top of the push by Lord Adonis, the transport secretary, for the development of high speed rail links in the UK comes a poll of business travellers who seem to be in agreement. The Guild of Travel Management has members who are responsible for co-ordinating travel at either big companies or those where travel is a major part of their work. 70% of them feel a high speed rail network should be a priority for the next government. 60% then said they would switch to rail from their cars if the rail route was faster.



High Speed Airport Links

Sep 5th, 2009 | By

A week or so ago, we had the announcement from network rail that they believed a new high speed rail link should be built linking London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Giving planning enquiries, submissions, objections and construction, it might appear before I fade into oblivion. Look how long it took to construct the high speed link from the Channel tunnel to St Pancras International in London and that is only about 60 miles.



Faster trains, Fewer Planes?

Aug 27th, 2009 | By

Network rail announced an idea for a new high speed train route that would travel from London and linking Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Birmingham could be reached in 46 minutes, Liverpool in 83, Manchester in 66, Glasgow in 136 and Edinburgh in 129.