Britain must build a network of high-speed rail lines by 2020 to prevent existing services from being overwhelmed by demand, and provide a greener alternative to air travel, the chief executive of Network Rail has told The Times.
Iain Coucher is proposing three new lines operating at up to 200mph: from London to Glasgow via Birmingham and Manchester; London to Edinburgh via Leeds and Newcastle upon Tyne; and London to Cardiff via Bristol.
He will commission a detailed study soon into possible routes for a network that is likely to cost more than £50 billion to complete.
Given the British record on such infrastructure projects, shall we try £150 billion?
Still want to try it?