So HS2, the high speed railway between London and Birmingham, is to go ahead after all. I'm not clear why it is regarded as high speed. After all, it is not expected to come into service until 2026. It is unlikely to reach Scotland within my lifetime.
By way of comparison, the French equivalent, the TGV, was authorised by the French Government in 1976 amd the first trains were running between Paris and Lyon in 1981.