The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the Tory Conference "Boris wants an island - I want an answer". He was talking about the Government's decision to set up an independent commission to look at the future of aviation. He said nothing is ruled out.
He also repeated the Government's commitment to HS2. He said the best technology would be used to minimise the environmental impact and said people living on the route would be "compensated properly."
The Transport Secretary insisted the line would eventually help to bring rail journey times from Scotland to London to 3 hours.
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