Midlands and HS2 missing in the Manifesto

Earlier today, the Conservatives’ published their 2015 manifesto. They said that as part of their Northern Powerhouse plans, they would build HS2: no surprise there.

However as an alert supporter of Stop HS2 pointed out, there’s no mention of HS2 in their section on the Midlands as an Engine of Growth. This is especially odd, as most of the section is about transport.

We will make the Midlands an engine of growth

We will back business by investing a record £5.2 billion in better transport, upgrading the M1 and M6, and electrifying the Midland Main Line from St Pancras to Sheffield – putting the Midlands at the centre of a modern, inter-connected transport network for the UK. We will back the Midlands’ strength in advanced manufacturing, engineering and science with major projects such as the Energy Research Accelerator and support for innovation in the motor industry.