HS2 green signal, but North now to consider 'integrated plan'
February 12, 2020
He has also indicated a commitment to preparing for the first part of the second phase as far as Crewe, but its continuation to Manchester and the second arm between Birmingham and Leeds will be reviewed in conjunction with the Northern Powerhouse Rail project as part of an "integrated plan for rail in the North".
That Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) project was recently revealed in the House of Lords to be still just a marker pen line on a map.
The Government says it will now look at how to best to accelerate the delivery of Northern Powerhouse Rail, recognising that better East-West connections are a priority for local leaders. This will include looking at options for a new delivery body.
As planned, the prestige high-spend prestige HS2 project would take travellers from Leeds either to Birmingham or to London by-passing everywhere else. It would cut up to 40 minutes on the current fastest journey from Leeds to London.
HS2 was to link to Sheffield on existing trscks through Chesterfield in Derbyshire, the route having been moved away from the originally-planned Meadowhall Interchange stop on HS2. Another link was to by-pass Leeds to take some HS2 trains on to existing tracks into York.
Recently the National Audit Office on Friday confirmed the view that there are significant challenges to the HS2 railway delivering value for taxpayers.
The Government watchdog report found that HS2 is over budget and behind schedule because the Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd and wider government have underestimated its complexity and risk. It adds that significant challenges to completing the programme and delivering value for taxpayers and passengers remain.
To get the cost in proportion, it is the equivalent of building several thousands of new commuter stations.
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