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'Straight talking' Lilian Greenwood

‘Straight talking’ ?

Lilian Greenwood, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, told Labour’s annual conference in Brighton that “as part of a modern railway, we need to build 21st century infrastructure to revolutionise the links between the cities of the Midlands and the North, to free up space for new commuter services, and take more lorries off our congested roads”.

[Lilian Greenwood]

[…] So let’s invest in high speed rail – and let’s make sure it can be run under public ownership, as a public service: an integrated national asset that the country can be proud of.

But she did not mention “High Speed Two” or “HS2”, even though that is undoubtedly what she was referring to. What transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin calls the “new north-south line” is a laughably ineffective way of ‘freeing up space for new commuter services’ and ‘taking lorries off our congested roads’. The so-called released capacity effects of HS2 have been thoroughly debunked on the Beleben blog.

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Written by beleben

September 29, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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