Three-hour Lon­don tar­get for Scot­land’s Cen­tral Belt

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HS2 will serve Ed­in­burgh in jour­ney times of 3 hours 40 min­utes in 2033, but work is on­go­ing to meet an ul­ti­mate aim of three-hour jour­neys be­tween Lon­don and Scot­land’s Cen­tral Belt.

Lord Ah­mad of Wim­ble­don (Con­ser­va­tive) ex­plained the plans to Lord Steel of Aik­wood (Lib­eral Demo­crat) in a Lords Writ­ten Re­ply on De­cem­ber 5.

Steel had asked what dis­cus­sions there had been re­gard­ing ex­tend­ing HS2 to Ed­in­burgh. Ah­mad replied: “HS2 will serve Ed­in­burgh on com­ple­tion of the ‘Y’ net­work in 2033, with jour­ney times re­duced to 3 hours 40 min­utes.

“In line with the joint min­is­te­rial state­ment on March 21, the De­part­ment for Trans­port, Trans­port Scot­land, Net­work Rail and HS2 Ltd are work­ing to­gether to iden­tify any and all op­tions with strong busi­ness cases that could fur­ther im­prove jour­ney times, ca­pac­ity, re­silience and re­li­a­bil­ity, with the ul­ti­mate aim of three-hour jour­neys be­tween Lon­don and Scot­land’s cen­tral belt.”

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