Last updated at 11:06 GMT, Thursday, 05 December 2013

On the right track

French TGV train

The train now departing is a very fast one!

All aboard! France has TGV, Spain has AVE and Japan has Shinkansen - many countries have high-speed trains. They whisk people from city to city, help to reduce the number of cars on the road and bring economic benefits.

Rob and Finn discuss plans to build a new high-speed train line in the UK and talk about why not everyone is 'on board' with the idea.

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Grammar

to jump on the bandwagon

to get involved with something that is already successful

on the right track

making good progress

benefits

good effects

to transport

(here) to move

ultra-modern

extremely up-to-date; the latest

ironic

opposite from what you usually expect

essential

completely necessary

overcrowding

when there are more people in a space than is comfortable or safe

controversial

a subject that many people disagree about

arguments

reasons that people agree or disagree with

sedate

slow or gentle

envy

wishing you had something that someone else already has