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Reports that HS2 will go ahead

'Sources close to the project' say the High Speed train line will be given the thumbs up tomorrow (Tuesday)

Published by Chris Maskery at 10:47pm 10th February 2020. (Updated at 7:19am 11th February 2020) 3-minute read.

Reports that HS2 will go ahead

It looks like HS2 has not been de-railed as reports state the line through Buckinghamshire will be given the go-ahead today (Tues). 

The BBC has reported that Boris Johnson will be giving the controversial rail project the thumbs up in a speech today (Tuesday).

The Prime Minister promised a review into the project as part of his election manifesto and will tomorrow will confirm that the full line from London to Manchester and Leeds will be going ahead.

Campaigners against the project will be frustrated, it's estimated in one report that HS2 will cost up to £106 billion and will carve up huge parts of the countryside.

HS2 Stand for the Trees campaign
HS2 Stand for the Trees campaign in Denham

Through Buckinghamshire the line will run past Great Missenden, through the Chilterns, past Wendover, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury, Quainton, Steeple Claydon and onwards.

Responding to reports the government has decided to proceed with HS2, Harry Fone grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers' Alliance said:

"This announcement is a massive blow to the taxpayers of today and tomorrow who will be left paying for the HS2 white elephant with no light at the end of the tunnel. 

"The business case for HS2 was flawed from the start, offering little benefit to anyone outside the big cities, and nobody can comfortably say what the final bill will be.

"Going forward the government needs to stop HS2 Ltd calling the shots and work out how to keep costs down on a project which is already coming off the rails." 

HS2 has always been a controversial project, even before the huge cost increase, especially in this area where many people see it as destroying the natural character of places like the Chilterns and affecting towns like Wendover as well  concerns about it's potential damage to wildlife and the countryside.

Here are some of the reactions on twitter, firstly ex-Transport Secretary Lord Adonis:

The BBC say that Boris Johnson will make the official announcement tomorrow morning while the Guardian report that in an effort to show that not all the transport budget will be going to HS2 Mr Johnson will also announce a £5 billion boost for buses and bikes.

We'll bring you all the reaction from these reports and the latest on the official announcement throughout the day.

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