HS2 gets backing
- Published on Friday, 06 January 2012 09:57
- Posted by Scott Buckler
More than 100 business leaders, MPs and economists have mounted a campaign backing plans to link Birmingham and London with a new high-speed rail line
In letters to the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, they say the HS2 rail line would create jobs and ease transport overcrowding.Opponents say the planned route crosses an area of outstanding natural beauty.
It is understood ministers will decide next week whether to approve the £17bn London to Birmingham link.The 100-mile rail link, which would be built between 2016 and 2026, aims to cut the London to Birmingham journey time to 49 minutes.
The connection between the two cities would mark the first phase of HS2, with extensions further north later.A Y-shaped section taking branches to Manchester, Leeds and possibly further north could be finished by 2033.
The entire cost of the project is expected to be £32bn.
Source: BBC News