Commenting on the expected government white paper on a high-speed rail link, Juliet Swann, Friends of the Earth Scotland Head of Campaigns, said:

“Suggesting a high-speed rail link from London that ends in Birmingham is like swapping a horse for a donkey mid journey.

“An essential component in making climate friendly choices open to all is investing in a high-speed rail link between Aberdeen and London. It makes a mockery of the government’s carbon reduction targets to propose that the line ends in Birmingham.

“A UK wide high-speed rail link is exactly the kind of project we should be investing in to combat the climate crisis and the economic crisis. This half-hearted effort shows a lack of ambition and is profoundly short-sighted.”

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