The HST is due to be replaced in a few years, and designers at all of the major rolling stock manufacturers are hard at work trying to come up with an equally successful replacement.
The threshold has risen substantially, to the point where 250km/h is considered the minimum for rail to compete effectively with air. It's a threshold which Britain has conspicuously failed to achieve - except on the line linking London with the Channel Tunnel - despite three separate opportunities to get close. Yet things are beginning to change in Britain, with the introduction of a fleet of 225km/h (140mph) EMUs from Hitachi in the next couple of years, and the long-term Intercity Express Programme (IEP), which is expected to replace a number of long-distance fleets. (http://www.railway-technology.com/features/feature1217/). ...Show more