• From The BBC:

    A £34bn high-speed rail network planned from London to Scotland should connect to similar lines already in Europe, city officials have said.Leaders from 11 UK cities have backed plans which would cut journey times. They say London to Manchester journey times could come down to one hour 13 minutes and London to Scotland trips could be made in under three hours. Manchester City Council leader Richard Leese said the UK’s railways have “not kept pace” with the growth of cities. Network Rail, which owns and operates Britain’s rail infrastructure, estimates journey times could be even faster. ‘Global stage’The cities involved are Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nottingham and Sheffield – although their leaders have not put forward an actual route for the line. A British high-speed line could carry up to 15,000 passengers per hour each way between London and other major cities, with double-decker trains offering the po…

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