British Government Studying Cost Of Proposed High-Speed Rail Project

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The British government is launching a review of the proposed high-speed rail network, from London to Birmingham and to Manchester and Leeds, known as HS2, BBC News reports. There has been concern about cost, the exact route of the line and its effect on those living near it. The initial plan is for a new railway line between London and the West Midlands carrying 400-meter-long (1,300-foot) trains with as many as 1,100 seats per train.The line would carry trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 250 mph and would run as often as 14 times per hour in each direction. This would be followed by a V-shaped second phase taking services from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds. The Department for...

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