Three major points came out:
- Patrick McLoughlin has failed to meet the Keith Brown, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, since McLoughlin’s appointment in 2012, in spite of a number of requests and letters.
- The study on whether HS2 should be extended to Scotland has been with Westminster and Scottish ministers since December 2014, but has not led to any discussions about it: Keith Brown said to the Scottish Parliament
“The UK Government has been unambitious and disrespectful in respect of there having been a complete lack of dialogue, and leaking of its reports—the confidentiality of which it asked us to respect—on high-speed rail coming to Scotland.”
- The Scottish Government have been in touch with leaders from Northern cities about high speed rail, and that
“some of the high-speed rail proposals are not actually about high-speed rail services—for example, the proposals for services traversing the north of England are for higher-speed rail rather than high-speed rail”
i.e. reusing and improving existing track as per the HS3 proposals rather than building new track like HS2.