Prior to the appointment of a new cabinet Patrick McLoughlin announced his desires to deliver HS2 following the UK decision to leave the EU.
He highlights the point the UK may now be more dependent on the jobs, capacity and connections that HS2 will provide post-Brexit
HS2 will be completed on time and is more needed than ever following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP said yesterday. Giving the keynote speech at the ‘Attracting the brightest and best’ conference in Birmingham, organised by High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL), McLoughlin said that the benefits of HS2 were “more relevant” following the referendum. Lord Berkeley, chair of the Rail Freight Group, and a member of RTM’s editorial board, has said that funding HS2 may not be “a priority” because of the economic uncertainty following the referendum result. McLoughlin, who supported Britain remaining in the EU, insisted HS2 would go ahead, saying that there were also calls for Crossrail to be scrapped when the Coalition government came to power in 2010.