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TSSA Welcomes 'Historic' HS2 Announcement & Calls For Scotland Commitment

11 February 2020

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has welcomed the announcement from the government that High Speed 2 (HS2) will go ahead.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the move in the Commons following weeks of speculation about the findings of a report by Douglas Oakervee looking into the project.

Commenting, Manuel Cortes said: “Our union welcomes this announcement and we have said from day one that HS2 is vital not only to build much needed capacity on our railways but as a clean and green means of connecting and turbo charging economies across the Midlands and the North.

“Nearly half of Britain’s population will be linked by HS2 services around Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and London but I say directly now to Johnson – grasp the nettle – and commit to taking HS2 all the way to Scotland.

“Frankly there should have been no Oakervee and no bending the knee to short-sighted Tory backbenchers focussed only on their own backyard.

“This is about creating a high-speed rail network which will see an historic shift of freight and passenger travel from roads to rail – hopefully all the way to Glasgow and Edinburgh – which will see passengers transfer from domestic flights and in so doing cut our carbon emissions and fight climate change.

“The benefits of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail will be felt by many for decades to come. Germany, Spain, France, Japan and host of other countries are miles ahead of us when it comes to high speed rail.

“However, without public ownership the fares will be so extortionate that people won't be able to ride the trains so our whole rail network must be brought under public control.

“What we have heard today must be an end to the debate and delay – there is not a moment to lose – we must get on with getting HS2 done.”

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