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Crossrail backed despite delay – but opposition to HS2 remains strong

Despite recently-reported cost overruns and a delay in the scheme’s opening, most of the media is still supportive of the Crossrail project; the same cannot be said, however, for the planned HS2 rail network. Rik Thomas reports

14 September 2018
The Crossrail project is now set to open almost a year late and many millions of pounds over budget, but has retained the support of numerous influential media commentators
The Crossrail project is now set to open almost a year late and many millions of pounds over budget, but has retained the support of numerous influential media commentators

 

With many commentators calling for the alleged ‘white elephant’ project HS2 to be cancelled, economics commentator Will Hutton was something of an exception in The Guardian on 2 September in calling for far more government spending on transport infrastructure, not less. “The longstanding reproach is that Britain can’t do grand projects,” he began. “Crossrail, now christened the Elizabeth line, is proof that we can.

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