/Chancellor Sajid Javid backs HS2

Chancellor Sajid Javid backs HS2

Published on Thursday, January 30, 2020

Chancellor Sajid Javid is expected to tell the Prime Minister he supports the controversial HS2 rail link at a meeting today.

A decision on the project will be made shortly, although No 10 said it will not be taken at today’s meeting.

Phase 1 of the rail line between London and Birmingham is due to open at the end of 2026, with the second phase to Leeds and Manchester scheduled for completion by 2032-33.

It is designed to carry trains capable of travelling at 250mph.

A leaked report says the project could cost almost double the £56bn originally allocated in 2015.

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