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Reaction: Conservatives point the way towards the future of transport

29 September 2008
Campaign for Better Transport today welcomed the announcement by the Conservative Party that it would scrap expansion plans for Heathrow and invest in a new high-speed rail line.  

Stephen Joseph, executive director of Campaign for Better Transport, said:  "The Conservatives have responded to the fact that expanding Heathrow would break our chances of tackling climate change. In the absence of the necessary bold Government transport policies to tackle climate change, the Conservatives have shown the way that is good for the economy and good for the climate." 

Notes to editors

A study by the engineering consultants WS Atkins found that a high-speed rail network linking London and Heathrow to the North of England and the Midlands would bring benefits of more than £30 billion over a 60-year period.  High-Speed Rail Report, WS Atkins 2008