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Labour continues backing for HS2

Labour’s shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle reaffirmed the party’s backing to High Speed 2 at the party conference yesterday.

Eagle said construction of HS2 is the “only credible way” to tackle capacity problems between north and south.

The last Labour government set-out plans for HS2 which has been continued by the current coalition government.

However, the line will now be constructed in two phases - from London to Birmingham in phase one - and then to Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Readers' comments (1)

  • The current HS2 phase 1 and the suggested changes to WCML and Heathrow/Crossrail and across the London region rail links are not through a feasibility stage but are very tentative concept desk top studies. Politicians judgements should no longer substitute for robust in depth considerations and likewise Professor's comments and options are not sufficient.

    The past 20 years are seen Political mistakes on a grand scale with one after the other party approaches. For SOS and civil servant oversights in credit exposure and economic forecasting the processes as with the HS2 current process are inadequate when multiple billion pound expenditure has to be made. Time for the UK to reflect on how it will finance and deliver the thermal power gnerations stations and address lower cost rail enhancements until the £200B to £300B power programme is shaped, scoped and well underway. The UK does not have credit headroom for HS2 as proposed and HS2 has fuzzy objectives currently.

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