Friday, May 29, 2009

Proposed rail network could create new engineering jobs

The plans to implement a new high-speed rail network in the UK could create a significant number of new engineering jobs, according to a recent survey. The project has a lot of support from the public. Almost two thirds of the respondents feel that a high-speed rail is a good alternative to UK’s domestic flights.

The majority of the people polled (71 percent) also believe that the introduction of the rail infrastructure would boost economic growth in the country. At the same time, 73 percent think that the high-speed rail would reduce congestion on roads and free up room on the existing rail network.

Tom Foulkes, director general of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), said: “Providing faster, affordable rail services between major cities could reduce demand for short haul air travel, and possibly put an end to it completely. Let's not forget that Paris to Brussels was once a short haul flight route but is now serviced exclusively by high-speed rail."

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