UK Coalition Government Commits to High-Speed Rail

12 May 2010 (Last Updated May 12th, 2010 18:30)

The UK's new coalition government has released a policy affirming its commitment to a high-speed rail network in the country. The Conservative Party said in its election manifesto that it would develop a high-speed rail line to connect the capital with Heathrow Airport, and the cities o

The UK's new coalition government has released a policy affirming its commitment to a high-speed rail network in the country.

The Conservative Party said in its election manifesto that it would develop a high-speed rail line to connect the capital with Heathrow Airport, and the cities of Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

The new rail line is part of the party's vision for a low-carbon economy, reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

Philip Hammond has been chosen as the new transport secretary by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government led by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.