Leaked review recommends HS2 approval

A leaked copy of a review into the merits of the north-south High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) has given the multibillion pound railway the stamp of approval, despite environmental and cost concerns, according to reports.

In August, prime minister Boris Johnson called on civil engineer and former HS2 chair, Doug Oakervee, to carry out a “go or no go” review of the project. The review’s announcement was followed by the publication of figures showing the project’s spiralling costs and delayed timetable. 

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