Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the "economic case" for HS2 had "massively weakened with the changes to business travel post-COVID". "I say, to those who backed the project in the first place, the facts have changed," he told the Tory Party conference. "So I am ending this long-running saga.
What has gone wrong with HS2?
What went wrong with HS2? Mismanagement has been a problem – not least at the Euston station site. There were delays in local planning consent. In addition, the soil between London and Birmingham turned out to be softer than expected which held up tunneling.
Why did Rishi cancel HS2?
Rishi Sunak has cancelled the northern leg of the HS2 high-speed rail project, citing ballooning costs and mismanagement.
Why was HS2 scrapped?
What has been scrapped in the HS2?
UK leader says the 'facts have changed' as he lops off one leg of major rail project. LONDON — Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that the remaining leg of the long-planned High Speed Rail 2 project has been scrapped.
Will HS2 ever be finished?
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.
Will HS2 ever be built?
HS2, or High Speed 2, is a planned high-speed railway, billed as Europe's largest infrastructure project. It was originally expected to link London with the English cities to its north including Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. The first trains are expected to start during 2029-2033.
Why is HS2 bad for the environment?
HS2 and the environmentHundreds of important habitats and special wild places are under threat from HS2. Ancient woodland, lakes, meadows, wildlife reserves, chalk streams and other important habitats are at risk.