The UK and Scottish Governments have agreed plans to cut journey times from London to Scotland to three hours. There are also additional plans to cut congestion on cross-border routes and to encourage investment across Scotland.
Robert Goodwill, the Transport Minister, said:
“Scotland will benefit from HS2 from the day it opens, with shorter journey times to London from the start. Once the full Y-network opens, it will only take around 3 hours 38 minutes to reach London from Glasgow and Edinburgh.
This report looks at ways we can build on these improvements and I thank HS2 Ltd for this work. Together with the Scottish government, we will be asking Network Rail to identify any options with a strong business case, for consideration for inclusion in future plans”.
Planning work on the new project will begin in 2017 with engineering works expected to start from 2019.