Vital case to be made for Scottish high speed rail link – Jo


Jo has made the case in Parliament for extending the planned high speed rail network to Scotland.

Speaking in a debate on plans for a new high speed rail line between London and the north of England, Jo raised the strong support among East Dunbartonshire residents for an extension of the plans to Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In Jo’s recent e-consultation, 75% of local people came out in favour of investment in high speed rail, many of whom said they supported the extension to Scotland.

Commenting, Jo said:

“While the existing proposals for a ‘Y-shaped’ high speed rail network would bring huge benefits to Scotland and reduce journey times to London to 3hr 30, it’s vital that we continue to make the case for a direct high-speed link to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

“The economic and business case for high speed rail is sound; an extended high speed link to Scotland would bring around £billions of benefits to the Scottish economy. East Dunbartonshire residents have shown their strong support for high speed rail: an investment we can’t afford not to make.”

Notes

For more information on Jo’s e-consultation on high speed rail, seewww.joswinson.org.uk/en/page/high-speed-rail-econ-july-2011

The full text of Jo’s intervention in the HS2 debate is as follows:

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Jo Swinson: I thank my hon. Friend, and I feel that I should declare an interest as a regular user of the west coast main line who hopes to get home before midnight tonight. Does my hon. Friend agree with my constituents who strongly support this scheme, because although it does not extend to Scotland it will bring significant benefits to Scotland? Ultimately, we will need to go further; once this Y-shaped network is in place, we must have high-speed rail to Glasgow and Edinburgh.


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