"Demand for long-distance rail travel has doubled to 125 million journeys a year in the past 15 years and by the mid-2020s the West Coast Main Line will be completely full.
"HS2 will provide the capacity needed in a way that will support thousands of jobs and billions of pounds worth of economic benefits.
"It is not a case of HS2 and nothing else. During 2014-19 we are investing over £9b on the current rail network, while latest figures show over a one year period we spent upwards of £8.7 billion on our roads.
"We will continue to make significant investment into all modes of transport across the country."
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