This blog hasn't got much to do with London or the residential market, but I just thought I'd share it. We've all heard of the recent plans of High Speed 2, first announced by Labour back in March and then subsequently given the thumbs up approval by the coalition government. The early plans indicate it will likely run from Euston in central London to New Street in Birmingham and then on to the north and Scotland, but this is obviously still a little way off yet.
Moving back to the high-speed though, lets look east and see what the Chinese are doing. A report in Building magazine last week showed the extent of their rail investment and staggering is the only way I can describe it. By 2020, 25,000km (16,000 miles) of high-speed track will be laid, along with underground metros for 20 cities.
The high-speed network will comprise 8 major corridors, 4 running north-south and 4 running east-west. The Beijing-to-Shanghai line will be 1,318km in length, after starting construction in 2008 it is due to complete next year. The line will feature 244 bridges, including the world's longest bridge, a 164km span between Danyang and Kunshan. Yep, a 164km (one hundred and sixty four kilometer) bridge. I even had to check this on google using the distance measurement tool and it's right, these two cities are roughly this distance apart with a great lake in the way. They haven't left out a decimal point, like I originally thought.
And the distance between Euston station and Birmingham's New Street station as the crow flies you wonder? Well, it's 161kms