High Speed Rail: On Track?
HC 851, Ninth Report of Session 2013-14 - Report, Together with formal minutes relating to the report
- House of Commons - Transport Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report, 'High Speed Rail: On Track? (HC 851)' examines the status of the project to introduce high speed rail to the UK (HS2).
The Committee supports the strategic case for HS2 and stand by the conclusions as set out in the Committee's report of 2011 (see below); that HS2 is needed to provide a long-term increase in the capacity of the railway and that alternative proposals to increase capacity are not sufficient to accommodate long term forecast demand.
Connectivity, which can encourage economic activity and increase productivity, is also part of the justification for HS2, especially for the lines north of Birmingham. There is still a strong case for building north to south concurrently with building south to north.
The report finds HS2 to be helping to promote economic growth in the UK's major city regions and contribute to a rebalancing of the economy.
Local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships must develop economic development strategies to make the most out of HS2 and they must be supported in doing this by central government.
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