East Ham MP Stephen Timms has called on the new Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, to plan for Stratford International station to play a big role in the future UK high speed rail network.

Britain currently only has one high speed rail line, HS1, from the Channel Tunnel to St Pancras via Stratford International.  The current Government - following Labour's plans - wants to build a second high speed line, HS2, from Euston to Birmingham and Manchester.  Justine Greening asked MPs to present to her their views about how the proposal should be implemented.

Mr Timms - who was the first to call for a station in Stratford as Newham's planning chair in the 1980s - argued for Stratford to have a key role as an international station.  "We need to plan now for through services from the Channel Tunnel to Birmingham and Manchester" he argued, "with Stratford as the London stop." He pointed out that the lobby group Greengauge21 has argued that using Stratford, instead of a proposed new international station at Old Oak Common in west London, could save £1 billion.

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