Apparently, the UK government is now also backing major investment in high-speed railway lines for the UK. The Tories have already called for such plans as an alternative to the insane expansion of Heathrow airport planned by Labour.
Celebrating the occasion, the Guardian has run a series of features on high speed railways in other countries. The piece about France is here, and in the margin, under "More on this story", you'll find links to reports from other countries. (also see my recent comments on the French TGVs
As for the UK investment in high speed tracks, I'll believe that when I see it, but let's at least applaud the good intentions now proclaimed by both major parties.