HS2 review to consider project's environmental benefits

A 'go or no go' review of the HS2 rail link will consider the project's environmental benefits, in particular for carbon reduction in line with net zero commitments, transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced.

In June, it emerged that during the Tory leadership content that Boris Johnson had asked Douglas Oakervee, a former chair of the HS2 scheme, to review the business case for the project. The Prime Minister has requested that review considers "whether and how we proceed" with HS2 ahead of the "notice to proceed" decision for the first phase of the project, running from London to the West Midlands, due by the end of 2019.

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