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High Speed 2: British high-speed rail project
High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway line and network of passenger train services in Great Britain. The new railway line, which is currently under construction in England, is to run between the West Midlands and London, with a spur to Birmingham. A network of train services will use the new line and existing conventional track to reach their destinations in the Midlands, North West England, and Scotland. HS2 is to be Britain's second purpose-built high-speed line after High Speed 1, which connects London to the Channel Tunnel. The majority of the project is planned to be completed between 2029 and 2033.

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‘The forgotten North’: Public react to HS2 fund reallocation [Video]

‘The forgotten North’: Public react to HS2 fund reallocation

Commuters in Crewe react to the government’s reallocation of funds from the Government's abandoned HS2 plans. The North of England will be allocated £2.5 billion and the Midlands will receive £2.2..

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Sunak sets out £4.7bn local transport fund from axed HS2 leg [Video]

Sunak sets out £4.7bn local transport fund from axed HS2 leg

Rishi Sunak has set out how transport funding redirected from the Government's abandoned HS2 plans will be shared across regional councils. The North of England will be allocated £2.5 billion and the..

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PM visits construction site of new train station near York [Video]

PM visits construction site of new train station near York

The prime minister visits the site of what will be Haxby station, which closed in 1930 and is set to be reopened as part of the government's Network North scheme. The decision to scrap the northern leg..

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PM meets engineering apprentices in Goole [Video]

PM meets engineering apprentices in Goole

Rishi Sunak meets engineering apprentices in the north of England as he undertakes a business visit in Goole. It comes as the prime minister claims the decision to scrap the northern leg of HS2 and put..

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Northern commuters react to HS2 funding reallocation [Video]

Northern commuters react to HS2 funding reallocation

Disgruntled commuters in northern England have reacted with scepticism to the government’s announcement of new funding for regional transport infrastructure and services. The north of England has..

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North and Midlands to share £4.7bn transport fund after HS2 leg scrapped

The prime minister has revealed how some of the money from abandoning the HS2 northern leg will be reallocated.
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Transport secretary to look at HS2 revival plans with 'open mind'

Transport Secretary Mark Harper has said he will look at plans to revive the northern section of HS2 through private investment with "an open mind".
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HS2 boss admits cost of London-Birmingham line could hit nearly £67bn

The cost of building HS2 between London and Birmingham could reach nearly £67bn - almost double an early projection for the entire project to the north.
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Council issues bankruptcy threat warning after decision to scrap HS2

A council has warned it could be forced to declare bankruptcy after the government's "devastating" decision to cancel the northern leg of HS2.
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1,300 jobs at risk at UK's largest rail assembly factory

More than 1,300 jobs are at risk at the UK's largest rail assembly plant as its order book shrank amid HS2 setbacks.
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Private sector funding needed for HS2 to reach central London station

The embattled highspeed rail project, HS2, will not reach its London terminus without private sector funding, Sky News understands.
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Rishi Sunak defended for saying no decision made on HS2 - despite filming video days earlier

The transport secretary has defended Rishi Sunak for insisting no decision had been made on scrapping part of HS2 - despite the prime minister recording a video about his announcement days earlier.
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HS2's demise may feel like a predictable betrayal as Sunak cancels the trains of the future

Appropriately, the railways were not running in Manchester on the day Rishi Sunak cancelled the trains of the future.
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Rishi Sunak confirms HS2 leg to Manchester will be scrapped

Rishi Sunak has confirmed the long-rumoured decision to scrap the northern leg of HS2.
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HS2 will go to Manchester - but from Birmingham it will run on existing tracks

HS2 will start at Euston rather than Old Oak Common - but between Birmingham and Manchester it will not be high speed, Sky News understands.
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PM remains tight-lipped on HS2 as report of axe dominates conference

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has continued to dodge questions on the future of HS2, despite the issue dominating his party's conference in Manchester.
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Has HS2 reached its terminus? It seems Sunak will deliver the final blow

How fitting that HS2 should reach its terminus in a repurposed rail shed in Manchester at the Conservative Party conference.
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Cabinet meeting considered by government over HS2 decision

Number 10 could bring forward a decision on HS2 to this week after questions about the line eclipsed the Conservative Party conference.
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Sunak refuses to answer HS2 questions in series of tough exchanges

Rishi Sunak dodged questions over the future of HS2 as he spoke to local radio stations across the country.
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Labour mayors join forces to make HS2 plea to PM

Five Labour mayors have come together to appeal to the prime minister not to scrap the northern leg of HS2, saying such a move would lead to "economic damage" across the regions.
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PM reviewing how HS2 costs 'can be controlled'

Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt are looking at how costs of HS2 "can be controlled" and no decision has been taken on whether to axe the northern leg, a minister said.
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Ex-minister calls for inquiry into HS2 as he warns of 'disastrous' consequences if northern leg is scrapped

A former transport minister who signed off HS2 has told Sky News he wants an inquiry into the chaos of the project “to make sure it doesn’t happen again”.
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Scrapping HS2 line to Manchester would be 'gross act of vandalism', Tory grandees warn

Scrapping the HS2 rail line to Manchester would be a "gross act of vandalism", senior Tories have warned Rishi Sunak.
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'Money is not infinite': Shapps hints at change to HS2 plans as northern leg looks set to be scrapped

Grant Shapps has hinted at a change to plans for HS2, as the northern section of the rail project looks set to be scrapped.
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Northern HS2 line set to be scrapped with costs 'out of control', Sky News understands

The northern section of the HS2 high speed rail line looks set to be scrapped by Rishi Sunak, Sky News understands.
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Former PMs criticise 'desperate' move to ditch HS2 to Manchester

Former Tory prime ministers have warned Rishi Sunak about "delivering a mutilated HS2" after his government refused to deny it was considering axing part of the project.
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'Rail betrayal': Minister refuses to confirm HS2 will run to Manchester

The transport minister has refused to say if HS2 will now only go to Birmingham after being asked repeatedly by MPs to clarify rumours that the Manchester leg is being scrapped.
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HS2 link to Manchester 'important' - but foreign secretary won't confirm it will go ahead

The foreign secretary has cast further doubt on whether or not HS2 will ever reach Manchester, despite telling Sky News the prime minister is "absolutely committed to levelling up" - which includes the..
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Minister unable to say if HS2 will reach Manchester - but insists levelling up agenda 'steaming ahead'

The levelling up agenda is "steaming ahead", a government minister has insisted - despite being unable to say whether the HS2 rail link will go to Manchester as planned.
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Government refuses to guarantee second leg of HS2 will go ahead

Downing Street has refused to guarantee the HS2 railway line will run to Manchester as planned amid reports Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt are in talks about scrapping the project's second stage.
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HS2 rated 'unachievable' by watchdog

HS2 has been rated as "unachievable" as part of an annual report from a government watchdog.
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HS2 boss resigns amid political pressure and rising costs for the project

The chief executive of the HS2 high-speed rail project has resigned amid cost and political pressures on the delayed project.
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HS2 'pause' designed to save money is costing the taxpayer more than £360m, leaked govt briefing reveals

hs2 'pause' designed to save money is costing the taxpayer more than £360m, leaked govt briefing reveals
Delays to HS2 announced by the government earlier this year in order to help ‘balance the books’ are likely to cost the taxpayer at least £366 million, according to new analysis exclusively leaked..
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HS2 delays won't save money, minister admits

hs2 delays won't save money, minister admits
Delays to the controversial HS2 railway project will not save money, the transport secretary has admitted.
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Euston HS2 delays would mean extra costs and higher spending, watchdog warns

euston hs2 delays would mean extra costs and higher spending, watchdog warns
Delays linking up HS2 and Euston will mean extra costs and potentially even higher spending, the public spending watchdog has warned.
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Leaked document shows HS2 delay will increase costs, says Labour

leaked document shows hs2 delay will increase costs, says labour
Labour says it has obtained a leaked document showing proposed delays to HS2 would end up increasing the cost of the project for the government.
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Calls for Wales to get up to £5bn as sections of HS2 set to be delayed

calls for wales to get up to £5bn as sections of hs2 set to be delayed
There are calls for Wales to get up to £5bn in funding as the sections of the HS2 rail line nearest to the country are set to be delayed.
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Construction of parts of HS2 will be delayed in bid to cut costs - government set to announce

The government is set to announce the construction of sections of HS2 will be delayed to save money, Sky News understands.
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Reports HS2 services will be halved - and run at lower speeds - dismissed as 'speculation' by govt

reports hs2 services will be halved - and run at lower speeds - dismissed as 'speculation' by govt
The Department for Transport has said it "does not comment on speculation" after proposed cost-saving plans for HS2 were reported.
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Hunt confirms HS2 will reach central London after reports it might stop in suburbs

The chancellor has confirmed HS2 will end at Euston after reports the high speed line could stop before reaching central London.
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Govt refuses to deny reports that HS2 may not run to London Euston until 2038... if at all

govt refuses to deny reports that hs2 may not run to london euston until 2038... if at all
The government has refused to deny reports that HS2 may not run to Euston until 2038 - if it ever reaches there at all.
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Gigantic conveyor will do work of one million lorries carrying material dug up for HS2

gigantic conveyor will do work of one million lorries carrying material dug up for hs2
Conveyors stretching nearly two miles will move material dug up to make way for HS2, the company behind the high-speed railway has said, removing the need for one million lorry journeys.
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Education, NHS, defence and HS2: Which are the autumn statement winners and losers?

education, nhs, defence and hs2: which are the autumn statement winners and losers?
Jeremy Hunt has set out a raft of tax rises and spending cuts, in a bid to "tackle the cost of living crisis".
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Transport secretary 'looking at options' on HS2 ahead of expected spending cuts

transport secretary 'looking at options' on hs2 ahead of expected spending cuts
The new transport secretary has said the government is "looking at all of the options" over HS2 ahead of expected spending cuts.
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Dorothy the tunnelling machine becomes first to complete its 'ground-breaking' HS2 journey

dorothy the tunnelling machine becomes first to complete its 'ground-breaking' hs2 journey
A giant boring machine that is digging the tunnels for the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project has completed its journey - the first on the project to do so.
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Archaeologists discover Anglo-Saxon burial site under section of HS2 route

archaeologists discover anglo-saxon burial site under section of hs2 route
Archaeologists have uncovered one of the largest Anglo-Saxon burial sites ever found in Britain underneath a HS2 site.
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Beheaded skeletons dug up by HS2 archaeologists may have been 'criminals or outcasts'

beheaded skeletons dug up by hs2 archaeologists may have been 'criminals or outcasts'
Around 40 beheaded skeletons are among 425 bodies exhumed by HS2 archaeologists after being found in a large Roman cemetery.
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Shapps insists promises 'being fulfilled' despite downgrades to HS2 and northern rail plans

Grant Shapps has said promises the government made to the North on rail are "absolutely being fulfilled" despite the eastern leg of HS2 to Leeds being scrapped and plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail..
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As the PM is accused of 'betraying' the North, this is what he's said on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail

as the pm is accused of 'betraying' the north, this is what he's said on hs2 and northern powerhouse rail
"I want to be the prime minister who does with Northern Powerhouse Rail what we did for Crossrail in London."
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Eastern leg of HS2 to Leeds scrapped, transport secretary confirms

The eastern leg of HS2 has been scrapped and plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail have been downgraded, Grant Shapps has confirmed.
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The end of levelling up? Eastern leg of HS2 and Manchester-Leeds line look set to be scrapped

the end of levelling up? eastern leg of hs2 and manchester-leeds line look set to be scrapped
Northern political leaders have warned the government will pass up huge economic benefits and betray promises to voters if, as expected, it cancels major rail projects including the eastern leg of HS2..
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Speaker forced to intervene as Starmer presses Johnson on HS2 and sleaze in feisty PMQs

speaker forced to intervene as starmer presses johnson on hs2 and sleaze in feisty pmqs
Sir Keir Starmer pressed Boris Johnson on the ongoing sleaze scandal in a heated PMQs, calling the prime minister "a coward, not a leader".
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Northern newspapers unite as part of backlash against PM's scrapping of HS2's eastern leg

northern newspapers unite as part of backlash against pm's scrapping of hs2's eastern leg
Boris Johnson is facing a backlash from MPs, mayors and a coordinated local newspaper campaign as he's poised to scrap the eastern leg of the HS2 rail project between Birmingham and Leeds.
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Final two protesters evicted from underground HS2 camp after month-long demonstration

final two protesters evicted from underground hs2 camp after month-long demonstration
The last two protesters have been evicted from an underground camp of anti-HS2 campaigners in Buckinghamshire.
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HS2 extension to Leeds could be mothballed as rail review published next week

A long-awaited plan for railways in the Midlands and north of England will be published next week that could see the eastern extension of HS2 from Birmingham to Leeds mothballed.
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