High speed rail criticism

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TORY MPs representing constituencies in the Home Counties who are opposing construction of the High Speed Rail network have been slammed by a Sheffield councillor.

Sheffield’s opposition Labour transport spokesman Harry Harpham is proposing a motion in support of the new lines, which would reduce the journey from Sheffield to London to just 75 minutes.

Coun Harpham, whose motion will be debated in tomorrow’s full council meeting, said: “Improving our transport links to London and other major cities in the UK provides an opportunity to bring business and jobs to the area.

“It would be appalling if we were denied this opportunity because of the NIMBYism of a few Tory MPs in the south who do not want trains running through their constituencies.”