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'14 years' rail plan disruption

An alternative to the HS2 would result in 14 years of weekend rail closures that would "cripple" the three main routes to the north, according to a Government commissioned report out today.

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Harriet Harman plays down Balls' Dome comparison

Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman has played down comments by Ed Balls comparing the HS2 project to the Millenium Dome.

Harriet Harman played down Ed Balls' HS2 comments on the Andrew Marr Show. Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr show

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Ms Harman said Mr Balls did not volunteer the comparison during an interview with a Mail on Sunday journalist.

The shadow chancellor told the newspaper the Dome was a mistake, adding "I think you should learn from your mistakes".

Ms Harman said: "We absolutely support better north-south lines, we are in favour of rail infrastructure for commuters and also for long-distance travellers and freight but not at any cost and what Ed Balls is saying is we have to keep a strong eye on the costs as well as on the benefits."

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