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High-Speed Javelin Trains Arrive in the UK
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On December 16, 2009 @ 12:21 pm In Green Transportation,Innovation | 2 Comments
This week the UK joined the ranks of many other European countries as it unveiled its first domestic high-speed rail  service. The 140 mph Japanese-built Javelin trains  will be slightly more expensive to ride than their slow-poke counterparts, but they will drastically cut down on journey times.
For example, a train ride from London to Ramsgate is reduced from 81 minutes to half an hour, and an Ashford to London trip is cut down from over an hour to 37 minutes. Such time-saving trips come at a price–a 7.3% increase in the case of some off-peak fares. But hopefully, the short trips times will still be attractive enough to dissuade commuters from driving.
Eventually, Britain’s high-speed rail  network will expand even further. Prime Minister Gordon Brown recently announced a $32 billion investment in railway infrastructure, and a North-South high-speed rail network is planned in the coming years.
Via UK Daily Mail 
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URLs in this post:
 high-speed rail: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/28/calatravas-high-speed-rail-station-opens-in-liege/
 Javelin trains: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southeastern_(train_operating_company)#Olympic_Javelin_Shuttle
 high-speed rail: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/16/obama-pledges-high-speed-rail-lines/
 UK Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1235685/UKs-140mph-javelin-train-services-launched--passengers-pay-speed.html
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