Responding to Peter Mandelson’s comments on high speed rail, Liberal Democrat Transport Minister, Norman Baker said:
“Thankfully, since Blair and Brown are gone the country no longer has to do whatever Peter Mandelson says. And given the fiasco of the Millennium Dome, for which he had personal responsibility, I hardly think he is the best person to offer advice on large projects anyway.
“The Liberal Democrats were the first party to champion high speed rail, the Conservatives got on board and it was Labour’s Andrew Adonis who got it started. There is a genuine cross-party consensus.
“It will create hundreds of thousands of jobs; be a major boost to our economy, especially in the North of England; and will help us shift to the clean, green economy of the future.
“More and more people are using the rail network every year so we desperately need more North-South capacity – unlike Peter Mandelson we can’t all hop on a private jet.”