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High Speed Rail a good thing, but Government must now focus on aviation capacity

Commenting on the Government’s approval of a High Speed Rail link between London and Birmingham

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“HS2 will bring much needed capacity and reduce overcrowding on the rails but it must be an addition to, not a replacement for, extra aviation capacity. London needs better international connections to reach emerging markets and Government must now focus its attention on how to provide them.”

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Notes to Editors

London First is a business membership organisation with a mission to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure.

London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes further education colleges and London’s universities. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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