If HS2 gets the go-ahead later today, it will benefit far more places in England than just the major cities on the route, according to the head of the Railway Industry Association.
Darren Caplan told the Today programme: “This would benefit lots of people – you think about London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, but loads more towns and cities will benefit from it as well. Coventry, Shrewsbury, Leicester, Leamington Spa, Nottingham, Newark – places like that, the benefits are massive.
“If the reports are correct, our members will be over the moon and also so will the communities and towns across the country who will benefit from it. The capacity increases you get from HS2 are transformational.
“So when you get HS2, you don’t just get a new railway line, you increase capacity on the East Coast Main Line, the Midlands Main Line and the West Coast Main Line. There are benefits all round.”