§ 7. Mr. Dempsey
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment when high-speed trains will come into operation in the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Dempsey
May we have an indication of when that train is likely to be introduced between Glasgow and London? In view of the fact that it has been widely reported that on some stretches of its route it will travel at 150 mph, may we be told whether the Minister is satisfied with the safety devices which are to be adopted?
§ Mr. Peyton
There is always the possibility of widespread reports, some of which the hon. Gentleman may have seen, being inaccurate. The electrification of the West Coast main line to Scotland will be completed by May this year. Therefore, the operation of the high-speed diesel train on that route would be rather counter-productive.