The Scottish Government will this week lead a UK-wide summit calling on Westminster to up its game on high speed rail.
Politicians from throughout Scotland and the north of England will join business leaders from London, rail industry experts and representatives from across Scottish civic life to make the case for extending the High Speed 2 line beyond the current plans.
Scottish transport minister Keith Brown will then meet with Westminster transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin to share the concerns that the current proposals don’t go far enough.
The coalition government has so far revealed plans to take the line only as far north as Manchester and Leeds. And even those cities will not see the line until 2033. Extending the line to Scotland could cut two hours off the journey between London and Glasgow and benefit Scotland to the tune of £24.8bn, the Scottish government believes.
The two-day conference, being held in Glasgow over today and tomorrow, will see Scottish ministers act as a voice for many of the cities which have been left out of the HS2 planning. Representatives from Manchester, Liverpool, Yorkshire, Sunderland and all of the north east councils will also be in attendance.