ITV: Britain shelves HS2 rail link to Manchester 

ITV: Britain shelves HS2 rail link to Manchester 
ITV: Britain shelves HS2 rail link to Manchester 

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - Construction continues at the HS2 Amersham Headhouse and Ventilation Shaft, one of five being built to service the sixteen kilometre long Chiltern Tunnel section of the HS2 high speed rail project, at Amersham September 29, 2023. — Reuters pic

LONDON, Oct 2 — Britain has shelved the Manchester leg of the HS2 high-speed rail project, ITV News reported today without citing sources, meaning the northern English city will no longer get a new connection to London.

Government ministers have in recent weeks said HS2 should be reviewed given spiralling costs, raising speculation that its northern section could be axed and prompting warnings from businesses over the need to invest in infrastructure.

Earlier on Monday, finance minister Jeremy Hunt said no formal decision had been made about the project.

HS2, or High Speed 2, was originally expected to link London with cities including Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, but has already been scaled back.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — whose Conservatives are trailing in opinion polls behind the Labour Party ahead of an election expected next year — has said he is making tough choices that strike the right balance between aspiration and cost.

Any scrapping of the link to Manchester would mean it would run between London and the central English city of Birmingham. — Reuters

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