SNP manifesto has HSR at its heart
Osama Saeed has welcomed the focus on high speed rail at the launch of the SNP’s manifesto in the Glasgow Central constituency.
The SNP candidate for Glasgow Central has been campaigning vigorously on the issue after Labour left Glasgow out of the planned network last month, favouring including more English cities instead.
SNP leader Alex Salmond said Scotland should be in the first phase and the project should be turned upside down with the line beginning from Scotland:
“Scotland must be part of the first stage of high speed rail. As the events of recent days have shown, Scotland's economy cannot rely on domestic air travel. So we say start high speed rail in Scotland.”
Osama Saeed added:
“Labour will dismiss this call as fanciful, but it once again demonstrates their lack of vision and ambition for Glasgow.
“They have already put £10bn over the last decade into the rail line between Manchester and London so that the tilting trains only tilt between those cities. It takes an hour longer to get from Manchester to Glasgow than it does to get from Manchester to London, despite the journeys being equidistant. This is an astonishing 50% longer journey time.
“This is why it is only right that HSR building starts in Scotland. Glasgow has already been disadvantaged by Labour, and this shouldn’t be made even worse.”