Why we should prioritise high speed rail in the UK

Travel talk this week has been dominated by overbooking. But one notable transport undertaking had plenty of spare seats.

Wednesday’s Transport Select Committee hearing in Westminster had a “load factor” of just 50 per cent. The Grimond Room in Portcullis House, across from the Houses of Parliament, was therefore significantly more civilised than a pair of recent flights on United and easyJet. The number of people on board those departures was 101 per cent of capacity, until some “re-accommodation” of surplus passengers took place.

For the future of Britain’s railways, Wednesday was an important day. The session starred the Transport Secretary,

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