The United Kingdom generalizes the Flying Scotsman.
The UK has announced plans for a north to south high speed rail network this week, which will in effect bring the passenger door-to-door more quickly, easily and comfortably than any airline can currently manage. The proposed rail links will run between London and Glasgow and Edinburgh, with stops on the way for Birmingham and Manchester. Travel times from London to Scotland will be cut to two hours 16 minutes, with travel times between London and Manchester cut to just over an hour.
The announcement dates to the fall of 2009. Work on the project is in progress in a number of places, including along the Great Western main line between Reading and Paddington Station.  The faster trains will call at Heathrow Airport, the better to offer international passengers a fast train option.

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