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Railways: West Midlands

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

(2) whether he has made an assessment of the effects on (a) UK gross domestic product and (b) the regional economies of (i) the North West and (ii) the North East of a new high-speed line to each of these regions.

The national and regional economic effects of high speed rail were assessed in the 2003 Atkins high speed rail study, commissioned by the Strategic Rail Authority. The summary report may be accessed on the Department for Transport's website

www.dft.gov.uk