High Speed 2
The prime minister gives the green light to the north-south rail link despite a review warning its cost could balloon to £106bn.
We up North are getting a little bit tired of southern-based sceptics, be they Conservative MPs, peers or journalists, telling the North what is should prioritise, writes Labour MP Lucy Powell.
It would be a backward-looking and a short-sighted mistake if we cancelled this transformational railway project, MPs Lucy Powell and John Stevenson write.
The project has been dogged by setbacks and spiralling costs.
The final figure could end up being between £70 billion and £85 billion.
The Prize Of High-Speed Rail Isn't Faster Journeys To London, It's The Investment And Jobs It Will Bring To The North
HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail are key to adding billions to Manchester's economic output
It’s time to ditch the white elephants like HS2 and invest in cleaner, better public transport for everyone
No-one expects that the next Government will have an easy time. But remarkably, despite an almost inevitable backdrop of more cuts in public services, politicians are queuing up to embrace the ongoing festering sore of more delays and more billions on a project, only wanted by those planning to rake in those billions. All the evidence shows HS2 will be a disaster, but what do politicians care about evidence?
The rationale for the Conservative Government continuing to push through HS2, the proposed high speed rail link, can easily
The planned high speed train line that will connect London to Manchester via Birmingham known as HS2 will "suck the very