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Greenpeace transport campaigner Anna Jones said the line must connect to Heathrow in place of a third runway.Green groups also expressed concerns about the impact on rural Warwickshire.Ideas floated for funding the highspeed line include an additional charge on all train fares, taking part of the passenger duty on airlines, and even selling companies sponsorship rights to put their names on trains or lines.A 'rebuilt' Euston will be developed as the new London terminal.
Just before the motorway it would pass into a six-mile tunnel before surfacing in deep cutting north of Amersham Old Town.'From outside the city, the main line would extend north to join the West Coast Main Line Lichfield, enabling services to continue 'at conventional speeds' to destinations further north.Outline plans are for further links to Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow via conventional lines.Lord Adonis declared: 'The time has come for Britain to plan seriously for high speed rail between our major cities'.He insisted the Government-could 'accommodate' the £2billion a year needed to get the scheme up and running.
'The route would proceed largely in tunnel from the M25 as far as Amersham, and then continue to the west of Wendover and Aylesbury, partly in tunnel and partly following the existing A413 and Chiltern Line corridor.'The next section of the route would employ the largely-preserved track-bed of the former Great Central Railway, and continue north to enter Birmingham close to Water Orton.