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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.

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Transport Secretary defends controversial HS2 project

The Transport Secretary has defended the controversial HS2 high-speed rail project which has come under criticism from campaigners, Labour, and the public accounts committee.

Patrick McLoughlin said: "Any big major infrastructure project like this will led to criticism, of course it will. you're not going to build 350 miles of new railway and not have criticism.

"There is a sceptism with government ministers promising a glorious future which is some way a way down the line, unless we make these type of decisions now we don't get it."

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