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Planned UK high-speed railway

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High Speed 2: Planned UK high-speed railway
High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom, partly under construction. Parliament approved plans for the first section in 2017, with clearance work being undertaken for the line and stations. Other sections await approval, while some sections will have design amendments to integrate with Northern Powerhouse Rail.


HS2: Scrapping troubled rail link will cost £12bn, say reports

Future of project uncertain amid ballooning budget, delays and concerns
Independent - Published

Boris Johnson news – live: Tory MPs demand HS2 scrapped after damning new report, as EU officials sign Brexit withdrawal deal

Follow all the latest developments
Independent - Published

Videos for High Speed 2

Cabinet minister says his gut feeling is HS2 should go ahead [Video]Cabinet minister says his gut feeling is HS2 should go ahead

A Cabinet minister has said it is his gut feeling that HS2 should go ahead as he described the rail project as a “key part” of the Government’s “levelling up” agenda. Brexit Secretary Steve..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:46Published

Grant Shapps: Government still reviewing HS2 [Video]Grant Shapps: Government still reviewing HS2

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says the government is still reviewing the HS2 project, but the key question is whether there is another way to provide the capacity needed on the railways. Report by..

Credit: ODN     Duration: 01:14Published

Emma Thompson joins forces with Chris Packham in Christmas campaign against HS2 [Video]Emma Thompson joins forces with Chris Packham in Christmas campaign against HS2

Celebrities have come out in force against the cutting down of forests to make way for HS2. Taking part in a short film, Chris Packham, Emma Thompson and Annie Lennox hope to raise awareness of the..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:27Published


HS2: All the other things you could do with £106bn

How does the cost of the controversial rail project compare to the cost of Brexit, funding the royal family, or renewing Britain's nuclear arsenal?
Independent - Published

Upgrading existing railways instead of building HS2 would cause 'absurd disruption' for passengers, Network Rail chief warns

Britain could effectively be left without a functioning intercity rail service at weekends for 15 years
Independent - Published

HS2: Rail link costs could rise to £106bn, says review

There is "considerable risk" the price of the high-speed line could rise by another 20%, a report finds.
BBC News - Published

HS2 will destroy ancient woodlands and 'huge swathes of irreplaceable' wildlife, report warns

Wetlands, wildflower meadows and historic pasture all set to be lost to new line while species including willow tit and white-clawed crayfish will face localised extinction, study claims
Independent - Published

HS2 protesters enter fourth month in Cubbington Wood

HS2 campaigners have now spent more than three months living in a protest camp at Cubbington Wood.
BBC News - Published

HS2: Parliament 'seriously misled' over costs for high-speed rail network, report finds

Actual costs much higher than initial estimates
Independent - Published

HS2 costs out of control, says review's deputy chair

Lord Berkeley says MPs were "misled" about the line's costs, which he says will be more than £108bn.
BBC News - Published

Tories urge Boris Johnson to 'change course' on HS2 amid fears project could reach 12-figure cost

Newly elected MPs in Labour's 'red wall' warn business case for project is collapsing
Independent - Published

Government backs parliamentary bill to take HS2 past Birmingham

Legislation to give the government powers to build and operate railway line makes return
Independent - Published

General election 2019: Your questions on HS2 answered

Readers share their thoughts on the high-speed rail link and ask what each party pledges to do.
BBC News - Published

'If HS2 doesn't come to Crewe, what then?'

The demise of Crewe's railway industry has hit people hard. What are their hopes for the future?
BBC News - Published

Labour manifesto promises to extend HS2 rail line to Scotland

Journey time between London and Scottish capital would be cut from around four hours today to two and a half hours
Independent - Published

HS2: Five other giant projects facing big delays

The rail scheme faces huge cost overruns, but it's not the only big project behind schedule and over budget.
BBC News - Published

HS2 needed to stop ticket prices rising, review launched by Boris Johnson finds

The independent review was chaired by Douglas Oakervee and commissioned by Boris Johnson
Independent - Published

HS2 should happen despite rising cost, says review

A draft copy of a review into the project says it might cost even more than its current price of £88bn.
BBC News - Published

Remains of explorer Matthew Flinders found in HS2 dig return home

Captain Matthew Flinders, who was born in Lincolnshire, led the first circumnavigation of Australia.
BBC News - Published

Climate change activists protest against British high-speed train line

Climate change activists, including one of the founders of Extinction Rebellion, targeted Britain's transport ministry in central London on Tuesday to protest against a proposed high-speed rail project..
Reuters - Published

HS2: Scrapping high speed route to Leeds would be 'complete and utter betrayal of the north', government warned

'How can people who've worked on this in good faith for years ever trust a national process again?' asks city council chief
Independent - Published

HS2 buys £1.25bn of property in London

Over £1bn has been spent by HS2 buying London properties, a freedom of information request reveals.
BBC News - Published

HS2 railway to be delayed by up to five years

It will be between 2028 to 2031 before the first trains run on the London to Birmingham route.
BBC News - Published

HS2 facing seven-year delay, company building high-speed railway reveals

Boris Johnson has ordered a review into project and its 'spiralling' costs
Independent - Published

Ministers and HS2 bosses knew railway over budget years ago

The public were not given the full picture about the true cost of the high speed railway, documents show.
BBC News - Published

HS2 is the only option for Britain's railways

The high-speed rail project comes with huge economic and practical benefits, but politicians have failed miserably at explaining them, Jon Stone argues
Independent - Published

HS2: Farmer slams rail project as 'totally unco-ordinated'

Robert Lockhart says land he has lost to HS2 has been wasted with too many people involved in plans.
BBC News - Published

HS2: Scrapping high-speed rail project 'would be a disaster'

But a farmer who has lost land to the project says he feels the scheme will not go ahead in full.
BBC News - Published

HS2: Boris Johnson government announces review into whether major rail project should be axed

The future of the HS2 high-speed rail project is hanging in the balance with the announcement of a review into "whether" it should be axed.
Independent - Published

HS2: Review to examine costs and benefits of rail project

It will look at the costs and benefits, with a “go or no-go" decision by the end of the year.
BBC News - Published

Grant Shapps: What can we expect from Boris Johnson's new transport secretary, from HS2 to Heathrow?

Planes, Trains, and Autobahns: Shapps takes a close interest in infrastructure projects
Independent - Published

HS2: Future of high-speed rail project thrown into doubt as review warns costs will rise by up to £30bn

Scheme cannot be delivered within £56bn budget, new chairman concludes - after likely PM Boris Johnson refused to guarantee it will go ahead
Independent - Published

HS2: High-speed line cost 'could rise by £30bn'

The boss of the new high-speed rail link has reportedly warned the project will exceed its £56bn budget.
BBC News - Published

HS2 cost 'not worth creating some jobs in Birmingham'

A Westminster Hall debate hears claims the cost of high-speed rail could reach £100bn.
BBC News - Published

HS2 thrown into uncertainty as Boris Johnson asks former boss to conduct review into rail project

Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said the "premature" move appeared to be designed to win support for the former foreign secretary's leadership bid
Independent - Published

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