Eastern leg HS2 to Leeds to be cancelled
The extension of the HS2 high-speed line from the Midlands and Leeds will be scrapped. Sources in in the government have said this to the BBC.
The transport department of the UK government will announce an alternative rail plan this Thursday with a budget of 96 billion Pounds (113 billion euros). According to experts the cancellation of the eastern leg of HS2 will increase travelling time by 20 minutes. The government argues that the new plans have comparable benefits with lower costs.
RailTech.com reported in august about a widely-reported leak from the UK government that said that the extension of the HS2 project would be scrapped.
High Speed 2
High Speed 2 is a planned new high-speed railway line, originally meant to connect London with the city centres of Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. Conservative Members of Parliament have expressed concerns about the cost of the eastern leg connecting the West Midlands and Leeds, and there have been rumours it would be scrapped for some time.
Two shorter high-speed routes will be announced
Transport secretary Grant Shapps will announce two shorter high-speed routes created in part by upgrading existing lines. One will run between Leeds and Sheffield, another from Birmingham to East Midlands Parkway, the Sunday Times has reported. The government is also expected to look into establishing a tram service to Leeds.
The new track on the route does not allow high-speed trains. The route is unlikely to go through Bradford, an important request from many in the city and surrounding area.
A group of northern local authorities and business leaders represented in the Norther Powerhouse Partnership said the decision to cut the extension of the HS2 is a mistake.
Railway engineer Gareth Dennis points out on Twitter that the benefits of HS2 are the connections from the East Midlands Hub station at Toton to regional and urban services to Nothingham, Derby and Leicester.
Key things to remember about today’s #RailBetrayal:
1⃣ The most important element of HS2 is the East Midlands Hub station at Toton.
2⃣ You can’t “water down” high speed segregation. Either you have it or you don’t.
3⃣ I have yet to see evidence that any of this “£96bn” is new. pic.twitter.com/Hpqzsubmvn
— Gareth Dennis (@GarethDennis) November 15, 2021