Yesterday, The Guardian reported that the British Government is planning to build a north-south high speed train route.
The government has made the demise of domestic air travel an explicit policy target for the first time by aiming to replace short-haul flights with a new 250mph high-speed rail network.
Today, The Guardian reported that a budget airline predictably came out and called the idea ‘insane’ and rail as a high cost and inefficient.
The airline industry has dismissed a government pledge to replace domestic and short-haul aviation with high-speed rail with one leading carrier describing the move as an “insane” policy.
On the same day as the airlines are calling this idea ‘insane’ the Environmental Audit Committee published a report warning that the Government is not on track to meet targets for cutting its own emissions and could have to pay money to large private sector firms – who may have done more to reduce their emissions – in a new carbon trading scheme due to begin in April 2010.