http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16453869 ------------------ So it seems like this is getting the go-ahead then. I'm just utterly confused - there are cuts in almost every Government department and we are constantly told that there is no money left. How can we suddenly just commit such a huge amount of money to this project? I don't live anywhere near the line, but I am completely against it for the following reasons: - The benefit it brings for each journey is tiny - a few minutes off a train that only takes about an hour is nothing. A big time saving could be achieved between London and Birmingham by simply making the existing trains stop at less intermediary stations. - The few minutes that are saved on the train are eclipsed by the issues at either end. Once you get to Birmingham, how do you get to where you really want to be in the city? Likewise, once you get to London you'll either have to pay a huge cab fare and sit in traffic, or squeeze on to the tube like a sardine. - The line between London and Birmingham is already very well serviced. The trains run extremely frequently and the "Pendolino" models are some of the most modern anywhere in the UK. The UK Government should be doing all it can to reduce the need for people to travel long distances by investing in the North, rather than simply making it easier for those in certain places to get to London.