Cities in the North West and Midlands could become global leaders thanks to HS2 according to supporters of the project. But a special task force for High Speed 2 says more must be done if the region is to get the full economic and social benefits.
Sir Howard Bernstein, CEO Manchester City Council and Deputy Chair of the Taskforce, said:
"HS2 is not just a railway. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take a huge step towards re-balancing Britain's economy, taking regeneration in cities across the North and Midlands to a new level."
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