High speed rail coming by 2025 - boring!
Plans for a high-speed rail network are due to be unveiled later today, with £2 billion to be spent every year for more than a decade readying a super-fast connection between London and Birmingham by 2025.
The suave-sounding-but-actually-not-suave-in-the-slightest transport chief Lord Adonis will unveil the plans today, and he’s expected to announce a space-age link that will reduce a journey between the capital and the hub of the Midlands to the speed of a blink of an eye. Well, around 50 minutes.
The new track will be able to handle trains capable of speeds of up to 250mph with 18 trains an hour ferrying 20,000 folk between London and Brum, possibly whether they like it or not.
It is believed that the line would branch off in two directions from Birmingham, with one running west of the Pennines to Manchester and on to Scotland and the other going east through Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle.
The Conservatives are already opposing the plans, suggesting that Heathrow should be included in the scheme and proposing an admittedly more exciting-sounding reverse S-shaped line from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
What everyone has failed to take into account is that by 2025, the personal high-speed jet packs that the 21st century promised us must surely have been perfected and we’ll all be racing through the skies at hundreds of miles an hour in a land where dark skies and sleep have been eradicated.