Baker hails HS2 project
Thu 22 Sep 2011
Liberal Democrat transport minister Norman Baker has highlighted the economic benefits that are associated with the HS2 project.
The initiative, which will see high-speed rail links installed between key cities in England, was said to be "essential to a well-functioning economy".
Similarly, he noted that as incomes rise, people will want to travel more often and further afield.
However, the minister was quick to point out that the benefits of the HS2 project are not purely financial.
Mr Baker hailed the environmental advantages of the initiative, noting that better rail services could prompt a reduction in carbon emissions.
He explained that he is keen to see improvements in this area, noting that the Department for Transport is currently administering the "biggest rail expansion programme since Victorian times."
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg recently made a similar statement, throwing his support behind the HS2 project and hailing the economic growth it will promote.
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