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:


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


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


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


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.