Rail journeys from London to Scotland could be cut to under three hours in plans for a high speed line which could involve travel through Leeds, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said.
Mr McLoughlin said: “At the start of this year, the government committed to build a new line not just to Birmingham but on to Manchester and Leeds. Soon, I’ll publish detailed plans for the route north of Birmingham. But I want even more parts of our country to benefit.
“So we’re launching a study on the way to get fast journeys further north still, with the aim of getting the journey from Scotland to London to under three hours. And making sure the north-east benefits too.”