On the right track
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Rob: Hello I’m Rob. Welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m joined today by Finn. Hi Finn.
Finn: Hi Rob.
Rob: Today we’re talking about high-speed train travel. Many countries have very fast trains that whisk people from city to city in super-quick time.
Finn: Yes, we might think that air travel is the transport of the future but it seems high-speed train travel is becoming just as popular.
Rob: I’ve travelled on high-speed trains in Japan – the Shinkansen – and I have to admit it’s an exciting experience, very comfortable and you get to see things out of the window.
Finn: Well, we’ll be finding out why the UK is hoping to jump on the bandwagon – or do something that is already popular – by building a new high-speed rail line. And we’ll be learning some related vocabulary.
Rob: But before we set off on the right track, how about a question?
Finn: Why not!
Rob: Here goes. According to Guinness World Records, which country currently holds the record for the fastest train running on a national railway system? Is it:
Finn: They all have fast trains but I’m going to say c) China.
Rob: I’ll let you know the answer at the end of programme. Back to our discussion about high-speed rail travel. We know that it has many benefits – good things; it helps to take traffic off the road, it causes less pollution, it can transport – or move – lots of people and it’s quick.
Finn: Yes speed is important. The TGV train in France takes about three hours to travel over 750 kilometres from the capital, Paris, to Marseille in the south – very impressive.