Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the controversial high speed rail link at the Conservative Party Conference earlier today
In a speech at the Tory party conference, Cameron said that HS2 ‘is about bringing north and south together in our national endeavour’.
He said: ‘This country has been too London-centric for far too long. That’s why we need a new North-South railway line.
‘The West Coast mainline is almost full. We have to build a new railway and the choice is between another old-style Victorian one and a high-speed one. Just imagine if someone had said, no, we can’t build the M1, or the Severn Bridge, imagine how that would be hobbling our economy today.
‘HS2 is about bringing north and south together in our national endeavour because think what more we could do with the pistons firing in all parts of our economy’.
A recent report by consultancy KPMG suggested the new line would offer an annual £15 billion boost to the economy, with the north and midlands gaining at least double the benefit of the south.
The controversial scheme has come under scrutiny at Labour and the Liberal Democrats’ party conferences.