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Video: Anger over HS2 site in South Yorkshire

Anger has grown over Sheffield's attempts to have the station for the proposed high speed rail moved to the city's centre.

Neighbouring authorities and transport chiefs in South Yorkshire are angry that Sheffield is trying to force the Government to re-think plans to site the HS2 station at Meadowhall.

Today, HS2 bosses came to Yorkshire to listen to the arguments about the location. Our reporter David Hirst has been looking at why there's been such a difference of opinion.

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Margaret Hodge: 'HS2 economic justification is very questionable'

Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, has said the economic justification for HS2 is "very questionable".

It comes as the Committee of Public Accounts issued a withering assessment of the HS2 high-speed rail project, warning costs were spiralling whilst benefits were dwindling.

The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, said the case for the £50 billion project was "absolutely clear," as rail routes would be "overwhelmed" by rising passenger numbers.

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MPs call for more evidence to back HS2 investment

MPs from the Commons public accounts committee have called for the Department of Transport to provide more detailed evidence to support the estimated £50 billion investment. Presenting the committee's findings, chairperson Marget Hodge said:

The pattern so far has been for costs to spiral - from more than £16 billion to £21 billion plus for phase one - and the estimated benefits to dwindle.

In my committee's experience, not allowing enough time for preparation undermines projects from the start.

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