Friday, February 25, 2011

Calls to protect Birmingham rail network in high speed spending plans

BIRMINGHAM’S rail network must not be neglected to fund the country’s high speed rail
plans, a transport campaign group has warned.
The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) fears that existing lines could suffer while the Government pours cash into the 250mph link between the city and the capital.
The comments came as Transport minister Phillip Hammond visited the city yesterday ahead of the launch of the Government’s high speed rail (HSR) consultation on Monday.
CBT director Richard Hebditch said he backed the project, which could cost as much as £33 billion, but not if it meant steeper fare rises or the decline of local services

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