Transport Secretary: HS2 not some 'untested fantasy'

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Patrick McLoughlin: people questioned the M25. Or thought we didn’t need the Jubilee line to Canary Wharf. These doubters were wrong. #HS2

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PMcL: We need the right infrastructure to support jobs and ensure all parts of the country benefit. #HS2

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PMcL: high-speed rail is not some untested fantasy but a reality in many of the world’s leading and fastest growing economies. #HS2

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McLoughlin defends HS2

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin argued today that HS2 will provide a £15 billion boost to the UK economy annually. His comments came after the plans for the rail link were heavily criticised by the Public Accounts Committee.