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Railways: South Wales and Cornwall

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make commission an assessment of the potential for high-speed rail links between (a) London and South Wales and (b) London and Cornwall. (253692)

The 2007 Rail White Paper noted that a long-term strategy for the railway should look at the options for further increases in capacity where necessary.

There are a limited number of future capacity interventions that will accommodate predicted growth. The new company, “High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd.”, will, as a first stage, bring forward proposals for Britain’s second new high speed line, between London and the West Midlands, and consider the potential for new lines to serve the North of England and Scotland.