The High Speed Rail Group congratulates our new Prime Minister Keir Starmer and the Labour Party on their General Election victory. This incoming government has made clear that delivering national economic growth is their very top priority, upon which the rest of their agenda hinges. As such we urge the government to view creating extra rail capacity, both north-south and east-west, as a national priority.

This Labour government is in the unenviable position of inheriting a truncated HS2 line, plus an already-at-capacity West Coast Main Line. This situation is clearly not tenable. It would choke off economic growth and make Labour’s aspirations to grow regional economies in the midlands and north impossible. HSRG stands ready to support the government in seizing the opportunity that rail offers to the economic prospects of the whole country.