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Thursday, 11 March 2010

High Speed Rail Announcement: Connections are Key

By Richard Critchley, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s Transport Policy Manager

“We enthusiastically welcome the Government’s commitment to High Speed Rail and its proposals which will place Manchester at the core of a future high-speed rail network. The extended remit of HS2 to look at routes to both Manchester and Leeds is certainly a step in the right direction, but with capacity filling up on existing routes it is essential that we start to see some firm progress in the development of the network. The plans outlined today focus heavily on the southern end of the line and connectivity with the capital’s existing infrastructure, but we would like to see more detail on how the project will continue outside the south east. Connections to the existing network and within the regions will be the key to the success of the HSR project and ultimately the economy of the region will benefit from the plans as long as they come to fruition, incorporating Manchester and the north of England.”

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