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Towards High Speed 2 - The 96th Thomas Hawksley Memorial Lecture

08 December 2008

The launch of High Speed 1 has transformed travel between the UK and continental Europe, significantly reducing journey times and encouraging phenomenal growth in travellers from across the UK regions. As the UK's roads and railways come under increasing strain, the development of further high speed lines across the UK have the potential to bring serious capacity relief to the transport network. The advantages of high speed rail can be measured in both environmental and economic terms; providing a form of transport that is a far less carbon intensive alternative to flying and driving, and enabling regional centres to exploit the economic strength of London and the South East. As the European high speed rail network expands apace, public and political opinion is fast moving behind the case for high speed rail in the UK.

Meet the Speaker

Richard Brown became Chief Executive of Eurostar in August 2002, since when he has turned around its performance, delivering record passenger numbers and punctuality, and successfully launching the first high speed passenger service in Britain. He was previously Commercial Director of National Express Group plc, where he set up its UK Trains Division, at the time the largest UK passenger franchise operator. He has spent 30 years in the transport industry, and was a Director of British Rail's Intercity Division before privatisation.

Richard was educated at Cambridge, University College, London and Harvard.

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: Richard Brown CBE, Chief Executive, Eurostar

Duration: 1 hr 16 mins