New rail line due to be revealed

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The Government will today reveal the finalised route for a London-Birmingham high-speed rail line.Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond said on Sunday that the route had been altered to deal with serious concerns about its impact on local communities and the countryside.“The route that we publish as our preferred route will be changed from the original,” said Hammond. “I believe there is some complete misinformation out there about the extent of the impact of the railway and when people understand precisely what is being proposed, I think many of them will realise that the impact will be far less than they have been led to believe.”Due to be started in 2015, the line could take passengers from London to Birmingham or vice versa in as little as half an hour, travelling at up to 250mph. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} “The new High Speed 2 rail route will help to strengthen Birmingham’s links with the UK and the rest of the world, increasing our conference and events profile to a wider audience,” said Ian Taylor, Commercial Director at Marketing Birmingham. “The proposed line will effectively put Birmingham at ‘Zone 4’ of the London Underground map, with journey times to and from the capital taking just 49 minutes, making the city more accessible and competitive on a national and international level.” He adds that the new route will boost Birmingham’s events sector, which is worth £2.3bn and supports 36,000 jobs.The new service would make Birmingham International Airport as easily accessible for Londoners as Heathrow, in terms of travel time.
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