Campaigners have warned the government that any move to scrap high-speed rail network HS2’s route towards Leeds will “make a mockery” of its pledges to empower the north. The project is at risk of being scaled back after spiralling costs and delays look set to see the network completed as …Read More »
HS2 could be delayed by seven years, the company contracted by the government to build the high-speed railway has said. The landmark transport project could also cost some £22bn more than previously expected. Its first phase, linking London with the West Midlands, could be set back five years, the transport department has …Read More »
The future of the HS2 rail project is hanging in the balance with the announcement of a review into whether it should be axed. Business and political leaders mounted an angry backlash when Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, ordered the fresh analysis into the scheme, arguing he was unconvinced it represented value for money. …Read More »
Grant Shapps: What can we expect from Boris Johnson’s new transport secretary, from HS2 to Heathrow?
Yes, Britain has a new prime minister. But more importantly, it has a new transport secretary. What can we expect from Grant Shapps, the man appointed by Boris Johnson to head up the Department for Transport? Shapps doesn’t have the best reputation as a politician: he ran a get-rich-quick scheme …Read More »
The HS2 high-speed rail project will cost up to £30bn more than expected, an internal review has warned – raising fresh questions over whether Boris Johnson will axe it. The final bill for building the network is likely to be between £70bn and £85bn – not the £56bn budgeted – …Read More »