The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has announced plans for direct rail links to be opened between London and other European cities including Amsterdam.
Speaking at the Confederation of British Industry annual conference which was held in central London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel, he announced that the Channel Tunnel rail firm would be commissioned to lay on new routes from London.
These new routes are expected to extend beyond the current Paris, Brussels and Lille rail links, to include the German city of Cologne and the Dutch cultural capital Amsterdam.
The Prime Minister added: “The Capital would not be the only starting point for journeys to Europe, with new high speed links beyond Birmingham allowing the whole of the United Kingdom to be put at the ‘heart’ of the continent.”*
* Source – Telegraph Nov 09
Mr Brown hinted that Newcastle would be among a number of northern cities which would receive faster connections to the south, adding that the new lines would be designed to carry higher levels of freight as well as increased passenger numbers.
Mr Brown added: “Let me tell you what we could ultimately achieve: a European network of train service that takes us quickly not just to Paris and Brussels but quickly to Cologne and Amsterdam. And one that starts not just in London but in the north of our country.”
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