Fresh blow for HS2 train line as No10 hints Manchester leg could be SCRAPPED


Shambolic HS2 project faces further chaos as plans to extend to Manchester are in doubt

The HS2 train project is once again in disarray after Downing Street hinted that the leg to Manchester could be scrapped. Both Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt are currently discussing the possibility of cutting back the project in order to save money, according to leaked documents. The original plans for HS2 included a route from London Euston to Birmingham, and then onto Crewe, Manchester, and other lines to Sheffield. However, the Leeds leg has already been dropped and there are now concerns that the Manchester leg may suffer the same fate.

No10 sources refuse to confirm HS2's future

An official announcement regarding the Manchester leg of HS2 is expected to be made in the upcoming Autumn Statement. While sources in No10 insisted that no decisions have been finalized, the Prime Minister's spokesperson did little to reassure the public, stating only that the government is committed to HS2 and that they are considering rephasing the work to better benefit passengers and taxpayers. Speculation is growing that the project could be significantly scaled back or even abandoned altogether.

Investors and businesses express concern over the uncertain future of HS2

Investors and businesses have reacted with outrage to the news of further uncertainty surrounding the HS2 project. Reports suggest that Chancellor Rishi Sunak could save up to £34 billion by scrapping the additional parts of the line, but critics argue that this move would damage the government's relationship with the business community, both in the North of England and with inward investors. The Northern Powerhouse Partnership's Chief Executive, Henri Murison, warned that any decision to curtail the project further would have serious consequences for the country's reputation in delivering infrastructure and raising long-term productivity.

Delays and rising costs plague HS2

The HS2 project has already faced numerous setbacks, with delays and spiraling costs causing significant problems. The opening date, originally set for 2026, has now been pushed back to 2033, and the estimated costs have soared to over £70 billion. Furthermore, parts of the planned route, including the leg to Leeds, have already been dropped. The uncertainty surrounding the Manchester leg and the potential for further changes has cast doubt on the government's promise to level up the North of England and improve connectivity.

As discussions between key government figures continue, the fate of the HS2 train line remains uncertain. The potential scrapping of the Manchester leg would no doubt be met with significant backlash from investors, businesses, and the public alike. It is clear that the future of HS2 hangs in the balance, and all eyes will be on the upcoming Autumn Statement for any further developments.