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Examination of Witnesses

Part of High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 9th July 2013.

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Jane Urquart: Yes, considerable disadvantages. Our rail connectivity to London and other large cities is currently quite poor in terms of time. Upgrades are needed in any case, whether HS2 happens or not, to the midland main line to improve those rail times, but this is still not sufficient to increase capacity on the rail network or to bring our city closer in terms of travel time to those other cities, particularly Birmingham and Leeds. That, as well as the connection to London, would be very significant for our economy.