HS2 - High Speed Rail 2

It will cost £50 billion, take at least 20 years and cause havoc among Tory voters in the shires. Can the coalition really win the battle for HS2?

George Osborne: Very good at digging holes

George Osborne's 'northern powerhouse' speech in full

Read the script of the chancellor's speech setting out the case for linking northern England's cities together - and using a new high-speed rail link to do so, to boot - delivered in Manchester this morning

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  • Chris Richards discusses HS2

    IET Video: HS2: what are the facts?

    Depending on whom you ask, HS2 is a colossal waste of taxpayers’ cash, or a brilliant way to kick-start economic growth; an unnecessary half-measure to cut emissions or our best hope of the UK meeting our climate change targets. Few transport issues provoke quite such a strong response from the public.

  • “The Department now needs to get the project working to a timescale that is achievable.”

    Report reveals HS2 programme pressures

    Opening of High Speed 2’s London to Birmingham phase is already at risk of delay according to a new report by the National Audit Office

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    High Speed 2 engineering college

    Plans for new college to train the next generation of world-class engineers for construction of HS2 unveiled today.

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    IET: High Speed 2 should be part of integrated transport policy

    Europe’s largest body of engineers is calling for the High Speed 2 (HS2) proposals to be reassessed to become part of an integrated transport programme of metro, rail, bus and road projects to revitalise the cities of the Midlands and North.

Infographic: HS2, more than a railway

Infographic: HS2, more than a railway

An infographic showcasing the economic benefits of the HS2 north-south new rail link project.

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