High Speed Rail will significantly reduce travel times between the UK's major cities and provide international rail connections. This in turn will release huge capacity on the existing network. These benefits are not achievable by upgrading the existing network alone.
High Speed Rail is projected to generate significant local and national benefits, including:
Existing Rail Enhancements
The transfer of the majority of intercity services on to High Speed Rail will provide the once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the way people travel in the West Midlands and across the UK.
At the same time, it will provide capacity for more rail freight, allowing the West Midlands to trade with the rest of the UK, Europe and the rest of world.