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'No Good Reason For Delay' to HS2' - TSSA Tells Oakervee Review

8 October 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has written to Douglas Oakervee with a formal submission to his HS2 Review.

In the submission Cortes stresses ‘there is no good reason for delaying the construction of HS2’ and to do so would ‘simply set back our economy’.

Cortes goes on - ‘our northern cities and the wider economy just can’t afford to wait’ and calls for the high-speed lines to be extended to Scottish cities.

The submission covers several areas relating to the case for HS2 including the green, low carbon benefits of expanding Britain’s railways in tandem with the economic and social case – a driver putting ‘rocket boosters under regional economies’ creating thousands of jobs.

The submission also highlights capacity - ‘our current network is bursting at the seams....the alternatives, simply do not deliver enough new capacity (or) cut journey times like HS2’.

It also examines the future of freight – arguing that 'the released capacity provided by HS2 could be used for more long-distance freight services on the existing network which would take lorries off the road'.

On the cost of HS2 Cortes makes the point - ‘you simply can’t build new railway lines on the cheap’ and ‘once built, HS2 will be around for a very long-time – perhaps well over a century’.

Cortes makes the call for extending HS2 to Scotland - ‘we need HS2 to run the length of Britain – from London to Scotland - delivering 21st Century transport links’.

In 2019 TSSA signed a ground-breaking recognition agreement with HS2 Ltd.

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