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[Resource] B'ham Post, 2/10/02
Page first written 3 October 2002
Last updated 3 October 2002

140mph (225km/h): Is it but a dream?

  • Trains will never run at 140mph, Virgin admits, The Birmingham Post, October 2, 2002, p. 1.

The chief executive of Virgin Trains admits that trains will never going to run at 140mph, the final target speed of the West Coast Main Line upgrade, the article reports. One reason, it says, is that even if trains do run at 140mph, the travel time between Carlisle and London Euston will only be cut by 10 minutes. Fair enough. Then, what is the whole point in upgrading the line with the cost of GBP 13 billion?

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