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SCC WELCOMES HIGH SPEED RAIL GO-AHEAD

[ 10-01-2012 ]

Commenting on the Transport Secretary’s announcement of the go-ahead for HS2, Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: 

 
“This announcement is great news for British businesses and is confirmation of an ambition to finally take the UK’s transport network into the 21st century.  The stretch of HS2 between London and the West Midlands is just the first stage of a major engineering project which will ultimately link up the whole of the UK with fast, reliable and efficient rail connections.  We want to see High Speed Rail come to Scotland and this is the first essential part of that process. 
 
“What we need to see now from the Westminster Government is a firm commitment and timetable for Scotland’s inclusion in the HS2 network.  The Scottish Government have already stated that they are ready to find the resources to build High Speed Rail north of the border, but only when Westminster places resources in place to build a line to the border on the English side.  It is time for our two Governments to work in partnership. 
 
High Speed Rail makes more economic sense the further north it comes.  We’re over the first hurdle and now it is time to grasp the big rewards that High Speed Rail can bring to Scotland and the rest of the UK.”

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