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Three-hour Scotland to London rail journeys on track

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Staff writer ▼ | March 22, 2016
Work with the ultimate aim to deliver a 3-hour rail journey time between Scotland and London will get underway next year.
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The UK and Scottish governments have agreed to further work that will:

- aim to bring train journeys between London and the Central Belt down to 3 hours or less
- ease the severe congestion on cross-border routes
- create jobs, investment opportunities and economic and environmental benefits for the whole of Scotland

This comes alongside publication of the HS2 Ltd report Broad options for upgraded and high speed railways to the North of England and Scotland, which was welcomed by Scottish government Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown and Robert Goodwill, UK government minister responsible for high speed rail, at a reception in Edinburgh’s Waverley Station.

The report, jointly commissioned by the 2 governments, considers various options including upgrades or new routes to deliver the 3-hour journey time.

Work is now planned to be carried out in 2017 to identify options with the best business case for implementation from 2019 onwards.

Scottish government Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown said: "This report is a major milestone in the campaign to deliver high speed rail to Scotland and marks the beginning of the next chapter in the tale.

"I now have a firm commitment that development work will begin during the current control period towards getting journey times between Scotland and London down to 3 hours or less.

"High speed rail will bring billions of pounds worth of benefit to Scotland’s economy and an infrastructure project of this magnitude – possibly the biggest Scotland’s ever seen - means jobs, investment, benefits for the economy and benefits for the environment.

"This plan will bring to life our target of 3 hours or less Glasgow and Edinburgh to London train journeys, which will lead to a significant move from air to rail, bringing big reductions in carbon emissions."