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Media monitor: Issue 597 25 May 2012

Additional aviation capacity demanded but need for high-speed rail questioned

As the business community’s propaganda blitzkrieg urging the Government to build more airports in the south-east of England continues, one paper suggests the Treasury is trying to apply the brakes to high-speed rail.

Rik Thomas

The need for more aviation capacity and the proposed high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham (and thence points north) continued to vie for supremacy as the most reported on transport issue of the day throughout May.

On 20 May, for example, The Daily Telegraph editorialised on the latter proposal, suggesting that the Government should not just press ahead with its plans for high-speed rail willy-nilly. “Unsurprisingly, HS2, the company that will be responsible for building the...

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