Work on HS2 to begin in 2017 as MPs vote in favour

Work on the High Speed Two rail link will begin in 2017 as planned after MPs voted in favour of it last night.

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HS2 is "opportunity to create jobs and develop skills"

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin gave this statement after MPs voted in favour for work to being on HS2 in 2017:

By voting in favour of the hybrid Bill, Parliament has made a clear commitment to a key part of the government’s long term economic plan. HS2 is a once in a generation opportunity to create jobs and develop skills, provide the extra space we need on our rail network for commuters and freight and better connect our biggest cities.

I am aware of the concerns some who live very close to the HS2 route have. I am confident however that by working together we can ensure this vital new north-south railway is designed in the right way, and we will have spades in the ground in 2017 as planned.

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

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