COUNCIL LEADERS at Glasgow and Edinburgh City Councils have thrown their support behind a high-speed rail link between the two cities.
A feasibility study into a magnetic levitating (Maglev) railway, which would enable trains to complete the 70km journey in less than 15 minutes, is being commissioned.
Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell said: 'In an international sense, Glasgow and Edinburgh are often seen as being one economy. It makes sense to have better transport links between them.
'This is something that the two cities would be prepared to contribute to, for the benet of the entire country.' Edinburgh City Council leader Ewan Aitken said funding will be made available for a feasibility study. He said the Scottish Executive could use the 2006 Planning Bill to accelerate plans for a Maglev line, as it includes provisions to fast track projects of national interest.
According to UK Ultraspeed's detailed plans, trains seating around 500 people, could depart every 15 minutes from both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Non-stop journeys linking the city centres would be possible in 12 to 15 minutes.
Sir Rod Eddington, the author of the Treasury-backed report into transport's impact on the economy published in December, dismissed use of Maglevs as 'unproven technology' (NCE 7 December 2006).