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25/10/2011
New Home Secretary Promises Rational Review


NEW government transport boss Justine Greening has given HS2 campaigners hope after she said she would make a "rational" decision on whether the project goes ahead.

The secretary of state for transport, who replaced Philip Hammond this month after he was made defence secretary, appeared at the Transport Select Committee on Wednesday (19) to give her first public comments on HS2.

In a change of tone from Mr Hammond's often bullish remarks that HS2 would not be halted by 'nimbys' like those in Hillingdon who could lose their homes and face years of disruption, Ms Greening said she would listen to local views.

"The way I approach this will not be an emotional one. It will be a rational one, taking note of the many local concerns. To my mind, when you look at what high-speed rail has bought to other countries it's impossible not to see the benefits. It's absolutely right to look at HS2."

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