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Labour confirms backing for High Speed Rail, challenges Government to speed up project

Labour confirms backing for High Speed Rail, challenges Government to speed up project

🕔30.Sep 2012
Curated from Birmingham Post – News Blog, written by Jonathan Walker

Labour will on Monday urge new Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to speed up plans for a new high speed rail line running from London to Birmingham, Leeds and Newcastle.

Ministers plan to introduce legislation enabling the first phase, from the south to the West Midlands, before the next election.

But Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle will call on the Government to legislate for the second phase too, saying: “I say to the new Transport Secretary, it’s time to get behind this project in the way your predecessors failed to do.

“Let’s work together on a cross-party basis to legislate for the whole route in this Parliament.”

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