by David Benton
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David Benton wrote:These HSR trains are to add capacityThis is a point often forgotten in the debate about high speed rail in developed countries such as UK. Opponents often argue that the cost (financial, environmental, social, etc) of high speed rail is not worth it just to shave a few minutes off a journey time (as it would be in a smallish country like UK; obviously in huge countries it is a question of saving several hours and providing a viable alternative to air travel). However they forget that the classic rail networks in small densely populated countries are already overcrowded, and the new high speed railways are as much to add capacity as to add speed. The long distance trains and passengers which migrate to the new high speed lines free up capacity on the classic lines for freight and local passenger trains.