McLoughlin: High-speed rail not some untested fantasy

The Department for Transport has been tweeting extracts from Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin's speech about the HS2 high-speed rail project:

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Patrick McLoughlin: people questioned the M25. Or thought we didn’t need the Jubilee line to Canary Wharf. These doubters were wrong. #HS2

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PMcL: high-speed rail is not some untested fantasy but a reality in many of the world’s leading and fastest growing economies. #HS2

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PMcL: the main reason we need #HS2 is as a heart bypass for the clogged arteries of our transport system.

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Govt 'fightback' over HS2 plans

The Prime Minister has said today marks the "fightback" by the Government over controversial plans for the HS2 rail link. The Transport Secretary will highlight a commissioned report claiming the project will provide a £15 billion economic boost.