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British Government Approves HS2 Project

British Government Approves HS2 Project

Britain’s €40 billion HS2 high-speed rail network has been approved by the government, despite strong opposition. The 225km phase one, between London and Birmingham, is planned to open by 2026, followed by extensions to Manchester and Leeds by 2033, subject to public consultation on routes in 2014. The London – Birmingham time would be reduced from 1 hour 24 minutes to 49 minutes.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening announced extra tunnelling along phase one, but this is unlikely to reduce environmental objections to the project.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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