ASLEF welcomes outcome of HS2 bill vote

29 April 2014

‘In spite of the objections and opposition to the project coming from some areas that the north-south railway will pass through, we remain convinced that Britain needs a high speed rail network’ said ASLEF General Secretary Mick Whelan.


‘Passenger numbers continue to grow and the existing rail network is operating at near full capacity, so upgrades to the current network and longer trains aren’t along term solution. Investment in the HS2project will also offer new opportunities for moving freight by rail, as capacity is freed up on existing lines. Plus economies of the West Midlands,North West, East Midlands and Yorkshire will benefit.’


Although several Labour MPs spoke against the bill, most were supportive and shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh said the party still backs the plans.

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