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Part of High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:45 pm on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Chair, Home Affairs Committee 5:45 pm, 15th July 2019

Mr Deputy Speaker is completely right: we could go on for a very long time about the problems with Northern rail. My hon. Friend is also right. The review in new clause 4 should focus on the geographic impact and the impact for towns, because time and again we just see our town services go backwards and our chances of getting any capital investment in towns disappear, while the Government always talk about these huge billions of pounds going into connections for the cities. The compact between different parts of the country, particularly between our cities and towns, has now broken. I do not think anybody quite recognises the seriousness of that. This debate about HS2 is carrying on while we ignore that serious and growing divide.