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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."


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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