Comment 64993

By observer (anonymous) | Posted June 20, 2011 at 14:19:00

Neary writes, " construct a high-speed rail line joining London and Birmingham, which would cut travel times on this 190 km journey from 84 to 49 minutes." That makes me, Ontarian, Canadian, jealous. It means that about 118 miles is now covered in LESS than an hour and a half: that means an average speed of nearly 90 mph.---and they want to increase that speed by about 50%. There were real travelling times on the old VIA/CN Turbotrain, Toronto-Montreal in the mid-1970s of 4 1/2 hours, and certain stretches in eastern Ontario were run at close to 100 mph. [The scheduled time had been 4 hours--but still. Yes I know, the Turbo had problems and expensive repairs.]

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