High-speed Rail

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 12:01 pm on 8th December 2009.

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Photo of John Leech John Leech Shadow Minister (Transport) 12:01 pm, 8th December 2009

I will quickly bring my remarks to a close.

The other massive benefit of high-speed rail will be to the economy. I rarely agree with Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester city council, but I think that he was spot on when he said:

"The two major challenges facing our next government will be the economy and the environment. A far-reaching high speed rail network that serves the main economic hubs of the UK will help to succeed in both of these areas."