GNER looks to provide high-speed service from Newcastle into London

Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) has unveiled proposals for a new high-speed rail link that could cut journey times from Newcastle to London by up to 40 minutes.

The group has outlined a plan to create an express train service capable of reaching speeds up to 140mph on a curved track.

Bbc.co.uk says similar trains are being used on the West Coast Main Line but there is no such service available further north.

GNER says the trains will depart from Edinburgh before passing through Newcastle and onto the capital. This entire journey will take 3 hours 43 minutes, down from 4 hours 20 minutes at present, with the trip from Newcastle lasting 2 hours 29 minutes.

The plans could carry huge advantages for businesses in London, who continue to welcome attempts from transport providers to make it easier for people to get into the city.

A spokesman said a faster service would also add to “the appeal of the train as being greener and easier than flying”, which could go down well with business travellers.  

The GNER has predicted an introduction for the service by December 2016, reports itv.com, although the company will have to receive approval from the Office of Rail Regulation if it wishes to take its plans further.