First step for HS2
London to Birmingham is just the first step on the journey for HS2, according to Scottish transport minister Keith Brown.
Mr Brown was addressing the second day of the Glasgow high-speed rail summit. Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon had already unveiled plans for a high-speed link from Edinburgh-Glasgow
HS2 and Scotland
“The investment case for high-speed rail is strong, but gets stronger with Scotland.”
Mr Brown added that research revealed 67% of the overall travel market between Scotland and London would be captured by a sub-three hour journey.
“London to Birmingham is the first step. We don’t lack for drive and determination.”
Julie Mills and Jim Steer of Greengauge 21 had told the conference that it was possible to reduce journey times between Glasgow and London to 2h 40m.
Councillor Alistair Watson of Glasgow City Council said: “Glasgow is ready to step up to the mark.”
“This is the biggest civil engineering project we are ever likely to see.”