High-speed rail must have pricing that suits all pockets, Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said today.
If the Government goes ahead with HSR plans, the services should be subject to airline-style, “Easytrain” pricing, he added.
Lord Adonis went on: “I want Britain to be a pioneer in low-cost, mass-market high-speed rail.
“I want to see not just “Easyjet” but “Easytrain” - high-speed trains with airline-style pricing and mass market appeal so that HSR is for all and not just the wealthy.”
Talking about the HS2 report due to be delivered either today or tomorrow which will outline plans for a high-speed rail link between London and the West Midlands, Lord Adonis said: “This is an important report which will shape the future of high-speed rail in this country. HSR has real potential to regenerate and reinvigorate.
“Our high-speed network lags behind that of many of our European neighbours and doesn’t connect any of our major cities, but this report could change that.
“I am excited about the possibilities that HSR has to transform transport in this country for the better - providing environmental benefits, encouraging investment and boosting business and jobs.
“Scrutiny of the report will begin immediately and we will announce how we plan to take high-speed rail forward by the end of March - making 2010 the year of HSR in the UK.”