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Councils consider 'maglev' link

Date 23 Mar 2007
Author The Editor

Council leaders say a high-speed magnetic levitation rail link between Tyneside and the Tees Valley could turn the North East into a 'super region'. A spokeman for the Association of North-East Councils said journey times between the two areas could be reduced to 12 minutes. A working group from the region's council will now be set up to consider the possibility of a high-speed link.

Councillor Mick Henry, Chair of the Association of North East Councils, said: "It could reduce journey times from the North East to London to 90 minutes and to cities across the North and Scotland to within an hour, thereby potentially boosting economic competitiveness and creating a 'North Britain Super Region'. "North-east local government is leading the debate on high speed ground transport and presenting a bold and ambitious vision for the future, one where transport plays a major role in helping us to achieve our full potential and our economic, environmental and social ambitions."

He made the announcement at a transport meeting in Newcastle yesterday. The 'Transport: The Way Forward' event was attended by Rail Minister Tom Harris MP.

In January the Conservatives said they were looking at the possibility of a maglev rail service between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Maglev uses electromagnetic force to suspend trains above a monorail, where they can reach speeds up to 280mph.

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