Government gives HS2 final approval

The prime minister has promised a “revolution” in transport infrastructure investment, announcing the approval of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail network and pledging further funding for other upgrades.

“The Cabinet has given high speed rail the green signal. We are going to get this done,” prime minister Boris Johnson told the Commons earlier today.

An anticipated review that could have canned the Birmingham to Leeds leg has been called off. Its design has still not been finalised, nor has the London terminus. Johnson instead emphasised that the project as a whole – whose costs might exceed £100bn – is only one part of a wider project to improve transport across the nation.

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