A high-speed rail link from London to Birmingham to cut journey times to under an hour, wider motorways and more congestion-charging schemes are among options for Britain’s transport future to be unveiled today by the government. Financial Times

The long-term strategy document sets out initial thinking on how to use £20bn of unallocated government spending from 2014 to 2019, to ease congestion on Britain’s roads and railways in the Department for Transport’s formal response to the Eddington and Stern reviews of Britain’s transport infrastructure and environment.

Wider motorways and pay-as-you-go road pricing in congested urban areas will also be considered as ministers look at how to ease rush hour gridlock that threatens economic growth and cut carbon emissions.

There are proposals to link allocating landing slots at airports to airlines’ environmental performance.

Ministers have ruled out a £30bn high-speed line between London and Scotland as unaffordable.

However, Ms Kelly said all options would be considered to tackle congestion on routes to the North West of England, the busiest part of the network.