– Anthony Smith, chief executive, Passenger Focus
Passengers will welcome this latest news on HS2, which will radically increase space and new services for the North.
It could also lead to better connectivity between towns and cities - not just London routes. Almost as important is the space freed up on existing routes which will open up more new journey opportunities.
The routes of high speed rail links to cities in the north of England have been unveiled in a move that will cut journey times and what the Government hopes will act as an "engine for growth" for the economy.