New transport secretary reaffirms case for HS2 New transport secretary reaffirms case for HS2

The new transport secretary Chris Grayling has told an audience in the East Midlands that the case for HS2 remains, and that he will not be ‘backing away from it’. He was addressing business leaders and local politicians in Derby in his first public appearance since he succeeded Patrick McLoughlin in last week’s cabinet reshuffle. Opponents of HS2 have already called on Mr Grayling to reconsider the scheme, but he said: “One of the first things I did in my role was to confirm that there are absolutely no plans to back away from the HS2 project. It’s an integral part of our blueprint for an effective transport system for Britain."

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