Consultation outcome

High speed rail: investing in Britain's future consultation

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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High speed rail: Investing in Britain's future - the government's decisions

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The government has decided to develop a new national high speed rail network, the most significant transport infrastructure project in the UK since the building of the motorways. Following in the tracks of the Victorian railway pioneers and the post war planners who developed the motorway network, the government is signalling its commitment to providing 21st century infrastructure and connections - laying the groundwork for long term, sustainable economic growth.

Original consultation


Consultation on the government's proposed UK high speed rail strategy, and the suggested initial line from London to the West Midlands.

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Consultation description

The government believes that a national high speed rail network offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the way we travel in Britain.

On 28 February 2011 the government launched a national consultation, ‘High speed rail: investing in Britain’s future’. The consultation set out the government’s proposed strategy for a national high speed rail network for Britain and the route for an initial line between London and the West Midlands.

The consultation asked 7 questions, covering the government’s overall strategy, the proposed route for the London to West Midlands line, the environmental appraisal of this line, and options for supporting property owners affected by the proposals. The consultation closed on 29 July 2011.


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Published 28 February 2011