Argument: Train capacity can be increased without HSR
- Debate: High-speed rail - con argument.
"On the wrong track: Why high-speed trains are not such a green alternative." Guardian. April 29th, 2010: "High-speed rail will indeed increase capacity, especially if it proceeds on German and French models and produces new lines across open countryside. But what is not addressed is why we need the increased capacity, and whether or not this is the right way to go about it. Capacity is routinely increased in mainland Europe by using double-decker trains for passenger travel. Trains in and out of Zurich or Paris are frequently double-decked and give passengers a non-cattle truck ride that we can only dream about in south-east England or on Manchester-bound platforms at Leeds railway station at 5pm on a weekday. Capacity can be increased by running night passenger trains, as is common in Germany."