Link to be removed from Bill: too many compromises for Camden

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP says he will remove HS2-HS1 link from Bill Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP said today:

"Our priority must be to get the benefits to the midlands and the north as soon as possible. Our proposals must stand the test of time and we must put our money where it will do the most good.

Sir David is clear that he does not think the existing proposals for the HS2-HS1 link meet those tests.

His report concludes that the link proposed in the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill has not secured a consensus.

The link requires too many compromises in terms of impacts on freight, passengers and the community in Camden. I, therefore, intend to take the necessary steps to remove the link from the Bill and withdraw the safeguarding of this section of the route as soon as possible.

I will also commission a study into ways to improve connections to the continent that could be implemented once the initial stages of HS2 are complete."