Cheryl Gillan and Stuart Andrew
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HS2 rail debate: MPs Cheryl Gillan and Stuart Andrew

25 June 2013 Last updated at 13:12 BST

The east and west coast rail lines were "very close to full capacity" and the HS2 rail plan was one solution to stop travellers standing on long-distance trains, said Conservative MP Stuart Andrew who co-chairs a group of MPs interested in high speed rail.

But fellow Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan, whose constituency would be affected by HS2, said it was "a £33bn-plus way of solving a bit of overcrowding on a couple of railway lines" and would take longer than its estimated 2033 completion date.

The pair debated the project - initially running from London to Birmingham, and later northwards - which has large support from Labour and the coalition, after a Daily Politics interview with David Tice speaking about the New Economics Foundation report on HS2


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