"The important thing for the environment is to change patterns of travel, reduce congestion and reduce car trips. Rail is not a sole solution."
TREVOR BIRCH, TRANSPORT EXPERT, PA CONSULTING GROUP
The Times - Future Cities reportFelicia Jackson25 July 2011
PA Consulting Group's Trevor Birch, transport expert, is quoted in an article on the future of high speed rail links in a special report in The Times on Future Cities.
Trevor says: "the environmental case for rail is largely neutral and heavily dependent on modal shift - a carbon trade off against single-passenger car journeys and trips taken by air. The important thing for the environment is to change patterns of travel, reduce congestion and reduce car trips. Rail is not a sole solution."
Trevor goes on to say that high speed rail is: "a city to city benefit that can make a fundamental difference in how businesses in different regions work together." Trevor says that the challenge in making the case for high speed rail is that the benefits accrue mostly to the cities and it is very expensive to manage impacts along the route.