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Does Jeremy Corbyn support HS2?

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Much of the success of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party leadership campaign has been down to the perception that he speaks the truth as he sees it, wrote Mike Geddes.

[Is HS2 a defining issue for Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign?, HS2: The Regional Impact, 20 Aug 2015]

But is this true in respect of HS2? A week or two ago, newspapers reported that Corbyn was about to state his opposition to HS2, saying that it was a project to turn regional cities into dormitories for London businesses. But then, in the event, he did not, and his Northern Future policy paper made no reference to HS2 when discussing transport. The word was that Corbyn had been ‘got at’ by trade union interests who support HS2. Then, a couple of days ago, a statement from Corbyn’s camp made a positive reference to high speed rail (though not to HS2 specifically). We cannot know what has actually been going on, unless Corbyn issues a precise and clarifying statement. Does he support HS2, and if so why?

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Written by beleben

August 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Posted in HS2

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  1. I’m all in favour of sensible high speed rail services, which minimise the grindingly slow progress that many journeys offer – but these are not London-Birmingham nor London-the North/Scotland. Most significant gains on the faster routes will be from the connectivity to frequent local services, and cutting dwell times, with the steady elimination of the 2-3 severe speed restrictions on each route, and the contingency of alternative routes which allow total blockades for maintenance, and diversion during disruption.

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    August 20, 2015 at 1:23 pm


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