This is a guest article by Andrew Bodman.
An update on what’s going on with high speed rail lines around the world:
On 7 December, Poland announced it was shelving plans to build a 480km Y shaped high speed rail line, as they would only be getting enough EU funding to pay for one megaproject, or for vitally needed improvements to their existing lines. Projected costs had already risen by 40%. The government will instead focus on upgrading existing lines.
Doubt has been cast on plans for a high speed rail network in Norway. A former boss of the Norwegian state railway NSB has suggested that funding will not made available to build a high speed network, and that the public are being misled on the subject.
In California, there is growing anxiety about the planned high speed rail system. Projected costs have more than doubled to $98bn and the completion date has slipped by 13 years to 2033. More than half of those polled are now against this high speed line.