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08.10.10

Two high speed lines to come from Birmingham

The transport secretary, Philip Hammond, has announced plans for two high speed lines to originate from Birmingham.

Philip Hammond MP announced the plans - which would be great news for rail jobs – at the Conservative Party Conference.

He said: “I can announce that the Government's preferred option for high speed rail north of Birmingham will be for two separate corridors - one direct to Manchester, and then connecting on to the west coast mainline, and the other via the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, with stations in both areas, before connecting to the east coast mainline north of Leeds.

"Delivering on our commitment to high speed rail connectivity between our cities, not just between London to Birmingham, but onwards to Leeds and Manchester, a strategic project that will make rail the mode of choice for most inter-city journeys within the UK, and for many beyond."

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