Responding to reports that Transport Secretary Justine Greening will announce the first phase of work on the High Speed 2 rail link today (Tuesday 10 January 2012), Friends of the Earth Director of Policy and Campaigns Craig Bennett said:
"We need to revolutionise travel away from roads and planes - but pumping £32 billion into high speed travel for the wealthy few while ordinary commuters suffer is not the answer.
"High Speed rail has a role to play in developing a greener, faster transport system, but current plans won't do enough to cut emissions overall - Ministers should prioritise spending on improving local train and bus services instead.
"Just a fraction of the massive budget for High Speed 2 would rescue the 30,000 solar jobs under threat from Government cuts - investment of this kind would take us a lot further, faster to a safe and prosperous future."
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