HS2 consultation ends amid further uncertainty
As Cheshire East Council ended a consultation on HS2, the line’s future was looking uncertain as prime minister Boris Johnson called a review of the scheme and its chairman revealed it was three times over budget and considerably behind on schedule.
Transport minister Grant Shapps said in a written statement to Parliament that HS2 chairman Allan Cook “does not believe” that the current scheme design can be delivered within the budget of £55.7bn, set in 2015 prices.
Instead he estimates that the current scheme requires a total budget — including contingency — in the range of £72 to £78bn, in 2015 prices.
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