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Bosses back northern rail plan

27 Oct 14 The Confederation of British Industry has thrown its weight behind HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins' vision for the construction of new high speed rail lines to promote economic growth in the north of England.

Sir David Higgins, chairman of HS2
Sir David Higgins, chairman of HS2

Sir David Higgins today published his government-commissioned report, Rebalancing Britain, on how to maximise the economic benefits of the planned £42bn HS2 high speed rail project. (See separate report here.)

Katja Hall, deputy director-general of the business lobby group, said: "This report sets out a clear blueprint for the next phase of HS2. Businesses throughout the north will welcome Sir David's commitment to boosting growth, jobs and investment across the region.

“We agree that northern cities should speak with one voice and it's important that local transport providers and businesses are also involved if we are to prioritise the most cost-effective and beneficial upgrades for the north as a whole.

“Sir David is right to focus on improving east-west links and the priority must be on boosting connections not speed. Any proposals must be well thought-out and the business case water-tight."

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