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High-speed Rail

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 22nd October 2009.

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Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Minister of State (Department for Transport) 10:30 am, 22nd October 2009

My hon. Friend makes an extremely important point about the vision we have for high-speed rail. One of the things we deliberately asked High Speed 2 to look into was the benefits of extending the high-speed link to Manchester, Yorkshire, the north-east and Scotland. It is important that, when HS2 reports this year, we consider the report and come back with proposals next year. The alternative is short-term gimmickry to get a standing ovation at a party conference.

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