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Media monitor: Issue 541 19 Mar 2010

Papers unanimous in their support of high-speed rail announcement

There was a rare consensus in the media that the Government’s plans for a high-speed rail network from London to Birmingham and beyond will be a good thing for the nation.

Rik Thomas

Last week's publication by the Government of its detailed plans for a high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham and less specific proposals for high-speed lines north of the second city to Manchester and Leeds brought rare agreement in the papers that this was an unequivocally good thing for Great Britain plc. The Times, for example, only found fault with the Government’s announcement by asking: “What took it so long?” “There are two objections to the new...

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