Policy paper

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

Summary of the government's decision to develop a new national high speed rail network.

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’s decisions

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.

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Published 10 January 2012