Government Closer To Approve HS-2.
7:58am 7th January 2012
(Updated 8:24am 7th January 2012)
The Government looks set to approve plans for HS-2.
A report by Network Rail favours the £32bn project to Leeds and Manchester - with the initial stage to Birmingham.
Ministers are now expected to back construction of the new line - which is seen as a solution to passenger congestion.
Adam Marshall from the British Chambers of Commerce says the scheme needs to be approved as soon as possible: "It's critical to our economic performance and if we don't keep up with our global competitors, not just in terms of numbers of high speed rail miles, but in terms of our infrastructure and its' attractiveness to investors - we're on to a loser here in Britain".
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