PLANS FOR a new high speed rail link between London and Scotland are to be revived by the ICE ahead of the government's July update of its 10 year transport plan.
The ICE is to produce a 'robust case' for the project in time for inclusion in its annual State of the Nation report which will be presented to MPs at its parliamentary reception in June.
The high speed line is intended to take traffic away from the East and West Coast Main Lines. The Strategic Rail Authority believes these lines will be overloaded by 2015.
By carrying longer distance non-stop services, the high speed line will free up space on existing routes for more stopping services. Official SRA plans for the link were shelved following concern about the escalating costs of rail projects.
Consultation on the scheme had been due to start in December, with the line opening by 2015.
But the ICE is still determined to press for the scheme and has set up a 12-strong 'experts group' to develop the case.