And they say this would allow it to include stations in major cities such as Newcastle, Darlington, Leicester and Liverpool, which the planned high speed line
currently misses out.
But under the alternative "HSUK" plan, a dedicated high speed line
would go to Darlington and Newcastle.
The research was funded by HS2 Action Alliance Ltd, a campaigning body opposed to the planned new high speed line
, and conducted by independent researchers Customer Research Technology Ltd.
The Saudi-Spanish Al-Shoula consortium, which comprises 12 companies, including Al Shoula and the construction firm Al-Rosan from KSA and Spanish state-owned enterprises Renfe Operadora, Adif and Ineco, will now be tasked the construction and operation of the high speed line
between Mecca and Medina.
Engel also extended its Speed line
of high-speed hydraulic toggle presses aimed at packaging.
Sir Alastair yesterday said: "Today's announcement on the high speed line
shows our commitment to the longer-term development of the rail network."
Plans for a high speed line
, known as HS2, have come in for criticism after the estimated cost was increased to PS42bn, including a PS14bn contingency fund.
TRANSPORT Minister Norman Baker has vowed to fast track a new high speed line
between London and Birmingham - and avoid the tradition rail project delays.
When Lord Adonis announced plans for a new London to Birmingham route last week, opposition parties scrambled to insist that their version of a high speed line
would be even better than his.
And Sir David said he would welcome the development of an eastwest high speed line
Of course, it would be nice to be included in one leg of the proposed high speed line
- in 20 years' time, at the minimum!
Detailed documents published to accompany the Queen's Speech said: "We will also actively study the options for a link between the new high speed line
and the existing High Speed One line, which links London to the Channel Tunnel."