HS2 cost projections and controversies still raise questions

Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd until September 2023, at the M42 first bridge installation, source: HS2 Ltd Source: HS2 Ltd

Britain’s ambitious plans for a high-speed railway network have hit the buffers before even getting out of the station. The project has been savagely cut back from the once sweeping network, connecting almost all of England’s cities, and maybe even reaching parts of Scotland. Now it remains as a project to link London and Birmingham, in a shuttle service that may or may not be beneficial to the rest of the rail network and the community at large. That though has not stopped the price of the railway still racing away on the fast line, as costs surge and plans for the railway evolve.

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Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is UK correspondent for and

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