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HS2 Review Must Consider 'Golden Opportunity' and Build to Scotland

21 August 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has said the Government is "going down the wrong track" in announcing an official review of High Speed Two (HS2) project.

However, Cortes said he was confident the review – by prominent civil engineer Douglas Oakervee - would highlight the “golden opportunity” HS2 presents and why it should be extended as far as cities in Scotland.

The independent review was announced by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, who said it would look at costs and benefits.

The first segment of the HS2 development between London and Birmingham is due to open at the end of 2026, with the second phase to Leeds and Manchester scheduled for completion by 2032-33.

Manuel Cortes said: “The Government is going down the wrong track with this review. However, I’d urge Mr Oakervee to consider first and foremost the vast economic, social and environmental benefits of HS2.

“This is a golden opportunity – using a clean and green scheme - to put rocket boosters under regional economies across the country, create thousands of additional jobs and better connect cities.

“HS2 is an essential pillar of our country's modernisation and will be vital in assisting local authorities and business in the rebalancing of Britain’s economy.

“We need HS2 to run the length of Britain – from London to Scotland - delivering 21st Century transport links which will reboot our economy beyond the south east."

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