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High speed rail progress 'woeful', says Bishop of Carlisle

The Bishop of Carlisle has criticised the Government’s progress in developing a high-speed rail network, describing its efforts as “woeful”.

During question time, the Right Reverend Graham Dow called on the Government to construct a high-speed rail line from London to the north west and Scotland.

He said: “At this time of growing unemployment and with further targets for reducing carbon emissions… this is a highly opportune time to build the rail link.

“By comparison with other European nations our progress with high speed rail is woeful.”

Transport minister Lord Adonis said the Government had set up a new company, High Speed Two, to “develop the case for high-speed services between London and Scotland”.