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High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom. Some sections of the railway are under construction, while other sections are awaiting approval. At 345 miles long, the new high-speed track will connect the city centres of London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
When complete, HS2 will be the backbone of Britain’s transport network – helping to bridge the north-south divide. HS2 will free up space on the UK’s already congested rail lines, relieving overcrowding and improving reliability for millions of people using Britain’s railways.
GB Railfreight insists that a decision on the future of the HS2 scheme must be made as soon as possible following the December general election.
Jo Fautley of Build UK states the Common Assessment Standard has been developed “by industry, for industry, based on standards that clients, contractors and the supply chain have all agreed on.”
A report by the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review into HS2 says it is important for the North and Midlands to take control of their high-speed rail network and that cancelling the project without viable alternatives will not deliver transformational benefits to the UK economy.
Transport for the North has said that HS2 is essential to re-balance the UK’s economy and its future should be resolved without delay.
A technical analysis by Midlands Connect has revealed for the first time that HS2 would free up enough space on Britain’s existing railway network to improve rail services for 73 stations across the country.
The 'once-in-a-generation' investment in both HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail to be delivered together has the ability to transform connectivity across the UK, and leaders in the North demand that the projects become a reality.
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There is a strong case for high-speed trains to directly connect the city centres of Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester and Leeds via the East Midlands Hub station at Toton, more than halving journey times and boosting the economy by at least £1.4 billion.
Has the HS2 project become a "shambles from a London-obsessed Government and a monumental failure for the North"?
New campaign, Connecting Britain, backed by business and political leaders, says a green light on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail is critical to the long-term success of the north of the UK.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced that an independently-led government review will look at whether and how HS2 should proceed.