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Crossrail is just another addition the the London commuter system. I'd much rather see high-speed rail across the country. The wikipedia page lists the following metropolitan areas of more than 1M inhabitants: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leeds, Nottingham, Tyne-Wear. And they're all within 352 miles/566 km of each other (the distance between London and Glasgow), which would give a travel time of 100 minutes (!) according to DoDo's rule of thumb (25mi in 10 minutes at either end and the rest at 220mph).

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 24th, 2007 at 04:26:24 PM EST
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