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High-speed rail line considered

First Great Western train
Trains from London to Penzance could travel at 186mph on the new line

The South West could get a new high-speed rail link.

Network Rail is considering five new intercity routes across the UK because passenger numbers have increased by 40% in a decade.

The Paddington-to-Penzance line is one of those to be included in a study by the company.

Network Rail said there is a huge case to be made for expansion. If the proposals go ahead it is hoped to have new tracks laid by 2025.

The lines laid would be similar to those built in France to carry the high-speed TGV.

Trains would run at 186mph. The journey from London to Penzance currently takes about five-and-a-half hours.

Others lines being considered for expansion include the east and west coast main lines to Scotland and routes to Birmingham and Sheffield.

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