London Airport Seen as Ideal Hub for Proposed High Speed Rail

A conservative think tank in the UK is calling for London's Heathrow Airport to become a new high speed rail hub. However, the group warns that increased traffic would necessitate the construction of a third runway.
January 21, 2010, 9am PST | Nate Berg
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"[T]he report from the Bow Group also concludes that a Heathrow hub on a high-speed rail network would bring in tens of thousands of new passengers a day, thus emphasising the need for a new runway at the airport.

The report, to be unveiled by Lord Heseltine, the Tory grandee, is likely to embarrass David Cameron, the Conservative Party leader, who has pledged to block the construction of a third runway at Heathrow. He and Theresa Villiers, the Shadow Transport Secretary, have championed a North-South high-speed rail link as an alternative to Heathrow expansion."

Political parties in the UK are gathering behind the idea of creating a new high speed rail link connecting London with Birmingham, Manchester and the North.

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Published on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 in The Times
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