Comment from ASLEF on lifting of HS2 land safeguards

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Following the news that Mark Harper, Secretary of State for Transport, has today announced that the government will lift the safeguarding on land earmarked for HS2 construction between the West Midlands and Crewe, Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has commented
Following the news that Mark Harper, Secretary of State for Transport, has today announced that the government will lift the safeguarding on land earmarked for HS2 construction between the West Midlands and Crewe, Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has commented:
 
"This government continues to put the economy into decline with no policy or ambition for integrated transport or a green future. The only wreckers and luddites on show are those who will be judged by future generations by their failures.
 
"The deliberate spiteful nature of releasing the land means we do not now have the capacity required for either passenger or freight. This will result in future generations being priced off the railway and economic growth and opportunity denied.
 
"Any talk of levelling up is a farce. Thirteen years of austerity and economic illiteracy have made the nation that invented railway the laughing stock of the world as we approach the railway's two hundredth anniversary."
 

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