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High speed delays to continue

Journey time really is important to most travellers, and it will become increasingly so in our rapidly developing world.

Despite Charlie Rickard's concerns (Letters 19 June), there will still be cheaper rail options available for those who wish to travel slowly!

Travel at over 300km/h by rail is smooth, comfortable and safe as the great success of new high speed train services in countries as diverse as Spain, Korea and Taiwan has shown. The Eurostar service from London to Paris is now so popular that Air France is considering replacing some of its flights with trains!

Theresa Villiers should be encouraged with her plans for high speed rail, not mocked by the likes of Ian Hart (Letters last week). Most of his proposals for increasing existing network capacity are being implemented already, but there is no guarantee that they can cope with the escalating demand.

High speed railway services can be justified if they are shown to be able to significantly reduce carbon emissions from alternative modes.

 Michael Baxter (M), 82 Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone, ME14 5HY

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