HS2 is a £32 billion project to build a high speed rail line from London to Manchester and Leeds, via Birmingham to begin operation in 2026 and be completed in 2032.

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This paper marshals the arguments from all sides to give a broad overview of the debate about the proposed HS2 scheme. Supporters claim that the line is urgently needed to meet projected future demand; to tackle the capacity constraints on the West Coast Main Line; and to deliver wider economic and regional benefits. Opponents maintain that these claims are over-stated and that future demand and capacity can be met via other, cheaper means.

  • Commons Research Briefing RP11-75
  • Authors: Alan Rehfisch, Andrew Minnis, Louise Butcher, Matthew Keep
  • Topics: Rail

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