Labour’s high speed rail rethink is a “slap in the face” to Midlands – Birmingham Post

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David Cameron has accused Labour of “an immense slap in the face to the West Midlands” after Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls cast doubt on plans to complete the planned high speed rail line.

Mr Balls said he wanted to build a new line running east to west across the country before completing “phase two” of the planned £50 billion rail line, which would run from Birmingham to Manchester and to Leeds.

The first phase of the line, from London to Birmingham and due to begin construction in 2017, would go ahead as planned, although Labour will want reassurances that it is begin built in the most cost-effective way possible.

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