Government committed to minimising HS2 disruption
Fri 17 May 2013
The government has said it will do all it can to minimise any disruption caused by the planned high-speed rail network in England.
HS2 will involve the creation of a new line between London and Birmingham, which will then extend to Leeds and Manchester.
Policymakers are confident this will generate a considerable economic boost for the country over the next few decades, as it could help to spread wealth to different regions and lead to the creation of lots of new jobs.
Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, has insisted the government is doing everything it can to ensuredisruption is kept at a minimum "by using the very latest design and construction methods".
The government has this week launched a consultation on how it plans to integrate the line into the surrounding landscape, while views are also being sought on changes that have been proposed to the initial stage of HS2 between London and Birmingham.
Mr McLoughlin went on to note that HS2 is "absolutely vital" for England, as it will help to stimulate the economy and "generate a return on investment that will continue paying back for generations to come".
He added that the government is confident that many of the concerns raised by critics of HS2 will "never materialise", as the views of environmental groups, local communities and "all levels of government" are being sought in order to produce "the best design for the scheme".
The government hopes HS2 will significantly improve the connectivity of England's major cities, as well as drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to travel to London. Estimates suggest that the high-speed rail network will allow two-thirds of people in the north of England to reach the capital within two hours.
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