Over the last couple of months the HS2 project has come up against a number of obstacles. The parting of the CEO, rumblings of value engineering and changes to timescales and planned routes have had much impact on public perception with some saying that a green light may never be given.
Today's news will be welcomed by many. With Government backing confirmed, not just to phase one but the additional routes north of Birmingham linking Manchester and Leeds. Businesses, small and large across the UK and further afield will be breathing a sign of relief.
With so much investment already committed to the design and enabling works and the amount of money spent by firms to position themselves for potential future awards. The ball is now well and truly rolling and the coming months will determine the winner and losers.
The whole HS2 high speed rail line including links to Manchester and Leeds is going ahead. Construction of the first phase will begin in the first half of next year The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling yesterday confirmed that the government is committed to pressing ahead with HS2 to tackle the looming capacity crisis and to help boost jobs. He also confirmed construction would begin on the scheme in the first half of next year. The Transport Secretary’s statement quashes speculation that the second phase north of Birmingham could either be delayed or cancelled. Grayling said: “We need HS2 now more than ever. “We need HS2 for the capacity it will bring on the routes between London, the West Midlands, Crewe, Leeds and Manchester as well as the space it’ll create elsewhere on our transport network.