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Lead Story: Issue 588 20 Jan 2012

HS2 isn’t about reducing CO2 or the North-South divide, says DfT

Andrew Forster

Opponents of the Government’s high-speed rail plans were this week scrutinising hundreds of pages of documentation issued by the DfT in support of transport secretary Justine Greening’s decision to press ahead with a Y-shaped network linking London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

With opponents looking for grounds to seek a Judicial Review of the Government’s decision, many of the statements in the DfT’s documents appear intended to try and head-off the threat of...

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