McLoughlin is upbeat on HS2

Marion Dakers
TRANSPORT secretary Patrick McLoughlin insisted yesterday that the failure of the West Coast franchise competition will not scupper the chances of the High Speed 2 route linking London to the north.

He told an event at the Conservative conference that he would not review the case for HS2 in light of the franchise fiasco.

McLoughlin added in an interview with the Independent that the plans would be fast-tracked, with no compromise on the route.