First phase of HS2 ready to get green light

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on January 10, 2012

The controversial new HS2 high-speed rail line that will run between London and Birmingham will apparently be given the green light by the government later today.

Justine Greening, the Transport Secretary, is apparently set to get behind the 100-mile-long link, which will be completed by 2026. The government says that is the only method of being able to successfully cope with overcrowding although critics have argued that the link will cut straight through sections of England’s countryside that are considered to be among the most picturesque.

Remarkably, the first phase is to cost £17bn with the total cost of the completed project – which will mean that the link has been extend to the northern cities of Manchester and Leeds – probably enduing up around the £32bn mark. Supporters say that the 220mph trains is to slash the current time it takes to travel from the capital London to the ‘Second city’ Birmingham to just 49 minutes while taking pressure off busy lines. Additionally, the government has also argued that the project will generate around £44bn of benefits to Britain’s economy over a 60 year period.

The project – which was introduced by Labour while the party was still in power in 2010 before then being continued by the now-ruling coalition government - has been highly controversial, with protestors insisting that big infrastructure projects of this nature carry the potential to cause environmental harm while also being a waste of money that could be better spent addressing more pressing matters.

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