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Keep sight of HS2 benefits despite Tory budget bungling

27 August 2019

TSSA today warned against losing sight of the benefits of HS2 after revelations that Ministers knew HS2 would cost more than they budgeted.

Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary, said, “It’s no surprise that the Conservative government knowingly underbudgeted for HS2. They can find enough money to buy the DUP’s support over Brexit but they try to get everything else done on the cheap.

“But we mustn’t lose sight of the many benefits that HS2 will deliver the environment – taking cars and freight off our roads – and regional economies the length and breadth of the UK.

“Contrary to what Boris and his pals seem to think Britain is more than just London and the Home Counties. HS2 is vital in the important business of rebalancing our country’s economy and delivering prosperity beyond the south east.

“HS2 is a golden opportunity to boost regional economies across the country, to create more jobs and better connect cities. We should take the opportunity offered by Oakervee’s review to re-budget for HS2 and go further, planning now to run HS2 all the way to Scotland, to deliver the 21st century transport links this country truly deserves.”

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