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23 Jun 2008 06:06:14

Feasibility study to examine potential for high-speed trains

Feasibility study to examine potential for high-speed trains
A feasibility study by Network Rail to assess the need for high-speed trains has been welcomed by green campaigners Friends of the Earth, reports This is Wiltshire.

Richard Dyer, transport campaigner at the organisation, told the website that expanding British railways through high speed lines could help in "weaning Britain off fossil fuels and developing a low carbon economy."

Well-run, affordable railways could offer an alternative to cars, lorries and short-haul flights, he said.

But he also warned that the impact on locals and the environment needed to be considered.

Rail passengers have increased by 40 percent in the last ten years, according to the website.

Business leaders also welcomed the move, the Northern Echo reported.

They called for a new high-speed link to the North East.

Andrew Sugden, policy director for the North-East Chamber of Commerce, told the paper that such a move would bring "economic benefits for the UK."ADNFCR-1235-ID-18651968-ADNFCR

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