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Scotland Calls on UK to Commit to Rail

High Speed TrainAccording to reports, Scotland is asking the UK government to commit to bringing a high-speed rail line over the border. Apparently, some new government-commissioned reports have given the clearest indication yet that this new HS2 rail project will be given the go-ahead. Of course, it is important to note that nothing has still been set in stone – mostly because this high-speed rail project is going to cost some £32 billion.

This new report was actually prepared for ministers by Network Rail. People who have seen the report say that this research suggests that Transport Secretary Justine Greening will give the HS2 rail project the go-ahead. No matter what the outcome of this project is, there will be a lot of people who will not be happy. In fact, this project has been a very touchy subject ever since it first came out. There are some people who feel that this high-speed rail project will not be worth it. Others say that it will pay for itself in no time.

Of course, people are not going to have to wait long for a decision on this project. In fact, the debate on this rail project could come to an end as soon as Tuesday when an announcement is finally given. Edinburgh Central MSP Macro Biagi, said that the UK government should use this opportunity to confirm that they support connecting the high-speed line to Scotland.

Mr. Biagi went on to say that connecting Scotland and the south of England through high-speed rail would be good for business and for the environment. The UK government should make a clear statement that they look forward to bringing this line beyond Birmingham and north to Scotland. The Scottish government has already made its commitment to a high-speed line very clear. It is now up to the UK government to support these plans and give it the go-ahead.

Mr. Biagi finished up by saying that the high-speed rail line connecting London to Scotland offers a real alternative to short domestic flights. It is going to help reduce carbon emissions, reduce business costs, and even bring rail transport across the UK into the 21st century.

For those that do not know, the HS2 plan is to build a high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham. It would be completed by 2026. A second phase would extend this line to north-east and north-west England by the years 2032.

Most people agree that traveling by train is better for the environment. However, some say that the addition of this high-speed rail is going to hurt the airline industry even more. This is an industry that is already struggling to keep its head above water.

 

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