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Part of High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Conservative, Copeland 6:45 pm, 15th July 2019

Any large-scale project, particularly a first like HS2, will see unintended costs, resulting in an increased budget. “You don’t make an omelette without smashing some eggs,” is a common phrase in my Copeland constituency. Regardless of that increase, for every £1 spent on HS2, £2 will still go back into the economy.

The north-south and east-west divides have for far too long separated our nation and stifled our economy. I am not interested in even more bureaucracy. This is about connecting people and places. That is why I will support the Government this evening, and look forward to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail being delivered.