High-speed rail plans will slash Carlisle to London times

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Plans for the HS2 high-speed rail link would cut the journey from Carlisle to London to two hours and 33 minutes, according to a report published today.

It's been produced by the government, in collaboration with local authorities including the City Council and outlines how the high-speed rail link could benefit businesses in Carlisle.

The report says plans are underway for a transport hub at Carlisle station, which would bring new businesses, jobs, and £40million into the local economy every year.

"Two years ago, local leaders asked me to make sure that HS2 was fully integrated into the existing transport and local economies. It's an aspiration we've sought to realise, but even I underestimated how far that that principle would take us.

"Much of the early focus on HS2 has been on journey times to London. However, as the Changing Britain: HS2 taking root report and Carlisle's work proves, it is the inter-regional benefits and early planning from Councils and Local Authorities to harness these which will transform areas such as Carlisle in the longer term."

– David Higgins, HS2 Chairman