HS2 trains will serve Edinburgh
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Scotland will be part of the HS2 network from day one
HS2 will serve Edinburgh
Edinburgh Waverley will be an integrated high speed stations, where passengers can catch HS2 trains and access the high speed network to the south. HS2 will cut journey times between Edinburgh and London and Birmingham by up to an hour. Glasgow and Edinburgh act as gateways to the rest of Scotland. HS2 will arrive in the central belt in 2026 and the Scottish Government is acting to ensure the benefits are spread throughout Scotland.
- Birmingham HS2 time 191 minutes, current time 237 minutes
- London, HS2 time 220 minutes, Current time 262 minutes
HS2 will help Scotland’s proud record on the environment
HS2 can help reduce the need for short-haul air travel in the UK to help fight climate change and keep Scotland green. HS2 will be emit 17 times less carbon than the equivalent domestic flight.
HS2 will re-balance the country
HS2 will benefit the Scottish economy by over £5bn. HS2 will help Scotland compete in the 21st century. It will help build a fairer, more balanced Britain. It will join up the economic powerhouses of Glasgow and Edinburgh with fast, reliable train travel to other big cities in the UK. The UK and Scottish governments share the ultimate ambition of three-hour rail journeys between London and Scotland’s Central Belt.
The Scottish Government, Transport Scotland, Network Rail and HS2 are working together on options for infrastructure improvements between 2019 and 2026 that will increase capacity, cut journey times and improve reliability on routes between Scotland and England. This includes a feasibility study in 2019 looking at options to improve the West Coast Main Line and the East Coast Mainline.
25 Scottish companies have already won work with HS2
HS2 is already helping grow the skills base and stimulate a modern rail industry in Scotland The University of Dundee is already working with HS2 to make sure the project has enough qualified workers during construction.