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New line is an old idea


Two quick points following your article on the East Coast Main Line (NCE 9 March). The key issue to be addressed on the ECML is extra capacity, which is what Virgin's proposal is designed to provide.

Achieving this aim through construction of a new line built to accommodate high speeds and thereby enhance rail market share minimises the cost to the public sector. While it's 20 years later, this is little different from SNCF's thinking which started the TGV network in France.

The second point is that your correspondent identified me incorrectly as being a non-executive director of Virgin. I am in fact working with colleagues at Steer Davies Gleave as an independent adviser to Virgin Rail Group.

Jim Steer (M),

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