Greengauge 21 director Jim Steer announced the launch of the £0.75M development programme at today’s Railway Forum event at the Millennium Point in Birmingham.
The programme, which will be funded by a consortium of interests who are creating a Public Interest Group to oversee the work, will investigate funding options as well as consulting widely on the conclusions reached by earlier studies and on the outcome of this programme.
Greengauge 21, which promotes the case for high-speed rail, will examine and develop schemes for five corridors, namely: London, Birmingham, Manchester; London, Cambridge, Northeast; London, Bristol/Cardiff; Trans-Pennine and Anglo-Scottish.
"This programme is designed to answer the questions that ministers and others raise about high-speed rail. We start from a perspective that this is all about achieving sustainable growth for the economy of Britain as a whole, rather than just a narrow concern about rail capacity, important though that issue will no doubt continue to be,” said Steer.