The choice facing voters on May 6 is simple: do we accelerate the progress of the last four years, or do we go back to the old failing approach?
We cannot waste the opportunity that our Government’s high-speed rail investment plans presents.
The era of government-run railway infrastructure has been, for the most part, one of decline and a clear lack of ambition.
Building the northern sections first could provide a springboard for further projects and combat the idea that the former Mayor of London is too capital-focused.
The results of a ComRes poll released today should make sobering reading for HS2’s political cheerleaders.
Cities as diverse as Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading should gain from the project – as should the Chilterns.
It takes longer to get from London to Portsmouth than it does to get to Doncaster, a distance that is over twice as far. Something must be done about that.
And does it really have to come into Euston at all?
As the autumn statement looms, the Chancellor borrows a leaf from ConservativeHome’s book about the affordability of Britain’s public spending.
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The Defence Secretary denies he is stifling debate, and attacks “misdirected individuals”
The transport minister was announcing a review into how Scotland can benefit from the high-speed rail line.
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If the rationale for a plan keeps changing – and figures and calculations with it – voters should smell a rat.
Labour will provide enough time to commit us – and then Balls will spring £50 billion of spending pledges from the saving of cancelling HS2.