Fight for high-speed rail, says Hammond

Transport secretary Philip Hammond has told Insider that the economic case for the planned £32bn high-speed rail line from London to the West Midlands is compelling, but business leaders and local authorities must fight to ensure it goes ahead.

“High-speed rail has the potential to shrink the UK and bring our great northern cities closer to our international gateways to the world in a way nothing has done since the building of the motorway network in the 1960s,” he said.

“It’ll tackle the north/south divide more effectively than half a century of regional policy has succeeded in doing.”


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