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Note the video at top of the article. Work on the line could begin by 2017.
"Watch five-minute timelapsed footage of London to Glasgow journey. The government is recommending a route for a new line between London and Birmingham with a future extension to northern England and Scotland.
"It is the low-carbon, sustainable transport of the future.", said Britain's Network Rail chief executive Iain Coucher
From TimesOnline: Commentary - Prepare for the fourth transport revolution:
Andrew Adonis, Secretary of State for Transport for the UK, addresses three main argument put forth by opponents to the HSR project.
"I am setting out detailed proposals for the 21st-century transport revolution -- high-speed rail -- in a parliamentary statement today."
Thanks to Allen Tacy