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New Prime Minister urged to abandon HS2 scheme as costs continue to rise

The debate as to whether the HS2 high-speed rail network should be built dominated the media’s coverage of transport in the aftermath of Boris Johnson becoming the country’s new Prime Minister

Rik Thomas
02 August 2019
Will Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister signal the death-knell for HS2?
Will Boris Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister signal the death-knell for HS2?

 

Media Coverage of transport policy as a new Prime Minister was installed in Downing Street was heavily focused on whether the proposed HS2 high-speed rail network would survive the arrival of a new resident at Number Ten. “There must be a point at which HS2 is just too expensive,” suggested Nils Pratley, the financial editor of The Guardian. “Once upon a time, the rail link was meant to cost £32bn in its entirety. In 2012, that became £42bn. Then £56bn. Now,...

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