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Changes to HS2 like "putting lipstick on a pig"

Proposed changes to the HS2 high speed rail link amount to "putting lipstick on a pig", a Tory former Cabinet minister has said.

Cheryl Gillan, a long-standing HS2 critic, said proposals being considered by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to finish phase two of the #50 billion project earlier and remove the London link to HS1 were inadequate.