Britain unveils high-speed rail plans

2013-01-28 12:23
 A new high-speed rail line linking London to northern England, with trains traveling up to 225 miles an hour (360 kph), is on the cards for Britain.

The government says the High Speed 2 project will be the first new railway built north of London for more than a century, and will be an economic and environmental boon. But opponents claims it will ruin tracts of picturesque countryside.

The first 140-mile (225-kilometer) stretch of the line, announced last year, will link London to Birmingham, England's second-largest city.

The Y-shaped section announced Monday will extend to the northern cities of Manchester and Leeds.

Officials say the 32.7 billion pounds ($51 billion) project will create at least 100,000 jobs and cut journey times almost in half.

It is due to be completed by 2032.

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