New HS2 boss Sir David Higgins says his argument to win support is "what's the alternative?".
Higgins: "Transport is the centre to all forms of regeneration... In the south it's about capacity, in the north reconnectivity."
Higgins adds that HS2 will fail if it's a political football and believes it can be cheaper if it's built quicker.
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His car was about to get towed away. But he had other ideas.
41-year-old Latvian Arnis Zalkalns was last seen at home in Ealing on Wednesday, 3 September. He was reported missing two days later.
He fell 30 feet to the floor. But despite the drama, it appeared the show must go on.