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UK Still Waiting for High Speed Trains

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November 12, 2013
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Few dispute that Britain's creaking rail network needs modernising. The government's planning High Speed 2, connecting London with cities in central and northern England, saying it will bring economic benefits. As Joanna Partridge reports, high-profile business groups have spoken out against the plan. And as the predicted costs spiral, the plan is proving highly contentious. Joanna Partridge reports.


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