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HS2 boss: Rail demand 'growing at about 5% per annum'

Demand on Britain's rail service is "growing at 5%" every year, the chief executive of HS2 told Daybreak.

Sir David Higgins said a completed HS2 line would cure a multitude of economic woes, including creating jobs, lure more businesses to the north and help create more space for passengers.

"No new railway lines north of London in 100 years - why should we put up with that? It's not fair on jobs that are created in the region."

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HS1 passenger target not met

The National Audit Office has said the High Speed 1 rail link from London to the Channel Tunnel has failed to meet its targets for passengers numbers. In a new report, the NAO said the number of people using it between 2007 and 2011 was just two-thirds of the level that was predicted in 1998.

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