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UK government gives green light to HS2

February 11, 2020 - Britain’s government has given the green light to HS2, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, despite concerns that the high-speed rail link is billions of pounds over budget.

A leaked report suggests HS2 could cost almost double the £56 billion ($73 billion) predicted in 2015, according to the BBC.

Some £8 billion ($10.4 billion) has already been spent on the project, which will connect London, the Midlands and northern England using trains capable of travelling at 250mph (400km/h).

The first phase of the project, between London and Birmingham, is due to open by 2031, with the second phase to Leeds and Manchester expected to be completed by 2040.

PUBLISHED: 11/02/2020; STORY: Graphic News
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