SPEED OILS THE ECONOMY

PROFESSOR ANDREW McNAUGHTON EXPLAINS WHY HIGH-SPEED RAIL IS JUSTIFIABLE: IT IS AN ENABLER OF ECONOMIC GROWTH AND SOCIAL EQUITY

Strings on a pearl: Japanese high speed. This is an N700 Series Shinkansen departing from Kyoto for Tokyo Nozomi on 27 March 2019. GRAHAM NUTTALL

The 2018 report by the European Court of Auditors was critical of the development of high-speed rail (HSR) across Europe as lacking any network strategy, either within countries or across borders. The report was in many ways incomplete, relying on observation and limited evidence of some schemes, but it did speak kernels of truth.

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