Boris Johnson to give HS2 the go-ahead, Report

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Boris Johnson to give HS2 the go-ahead, Report
Boris Johnson to give HS2 the go-ahead, Report

Boris Johnson is set to announce a boardroom shake-up at High Speed 2 in an attempt to cut costs as he gives the controversial railway project the go-ahead early this week.

The controversial high-speed railway scheme is likely to be discussed at a Cabinet meeting in the morning, before the Prime Minister makes a statement on the project.

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It has been reported that Mr Johnson will give the green light for Phase 1 between London and Birmingham, but say more analysis is needed on the cost of the route extending further north to Manchester and Leeds.

High-speed trains will also run beyond the new lines on existing tracks as far as Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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HS2 Ltd – the Government-owned company responsible for developing and building the railway – says it will boost capacity and cut journey times.

Former HS2 Ltd chairman Douglas Oakervee was commissioned by the Government in August 2019 to lead a review into whether or not the programme should be scrapped amid rising costs and delays.

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It has been widely leaked that the review found HS2 could cost up to £106 billion, but concluded that “on balance” it should continue.

HS2’s original budget was £32.7 billion at 2011 prices.

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