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Network Rail have finally unveiled their plans for a High-Speed rail line running from London to Glasgow.
While it all sounds good, my concern is that a future government would decide it costs too much and try to throttle it half-way. For that reason, I'd like to see them start building it from the Glasgow end! (Yes, I'm aware that in reality they'll be building all over the place at the same time).
The feeling in the rail industry is that Network Rail lacks ambition in the way that British Rail did. They're seen as happy to maintain the tracks but aren't as willing to spend money on big-ticket projects. This will hopefully put that feeling to bed, although it's soul-destroying to note that they have a completion date of 2030.
Another of my hopes for this new line is that it virtually destroys the demand for internal airline flights, as it has done in Spain and France. The UK is small enough that no one should be flying internally anyway.