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Plane to train: SNCF predicts the future

Posted by Richard Hammond at 03:51 on Thursday 06 August 2009

The Guardian reports that Europe's largest high-speed rail operator has predicted that domestic air travel in the UK will lose millions of passengers to a 250mph train service if an ultra-fast network becomes a reality.

Dam Milmo, the Guardian's travel correspondent, writes: "the chief executive of the French rail giant, SNCF, said the proposed network could dominate travel from London to all British cities as far north as Glasgow.

Guillaume Pepy said the "crowning success" of Eurostar, which now controls 80% of the London to Paris and Brussels market, could be repeated if a replica of the French TGV system arrives in the UK." "Distances as the crow flies in the UK allow the possibility to link almost all main cities to London [by high-speed rail] in more or less three hours," he said.

Read the full article on Guardian.co.uk

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