Five companies shortlisted to build 225mph trains for HS2 will be revealed on Thursday.Read the full story ›
Legislation for the first phase of the HS2 high-speed rail project has passed its final hurdle.Read the full story ›
Roger Edwards has created a signing saying 'HS2 SUCS' which can be seen from as far as space via Google Earth.Read the full story ›
The group says it would see homes demolished and the loss of a popular country park in the village of Newton near Alfreton in Derbyshire.Read the full story ›
The Government has today announced the route of the second phase of HS2 - here we look at it in more detail.Read the full story ›
The government has confirmed the second phase of HS2, which will connect Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds.Read the full story ›
The Government is "not backing away" from the High Speed 2 rail link between London and the north, the Transport Secretary will insist.Read the full story ›
Ministers must set out a realistic timetable for delivering the High Speed 2 rail project, MPs have warned over fears of a delay.Read the full story ›
The High Speed 2 rail project is under financial strain and could be delayed by a year, the Whitehall spending watchdog said.
The National Audit Office (NAO) warned that the 2026 target date for opening phase one between London and the West Midlands is "at risk".
It revealed that the Department for Transport (DfT) has asked the company responsible for building the railway, HS2 Ltd, to assess the impact of extending its timetable by up to 12 months.
The DfT has also called on the firm to revisit its schedule in a bid to increase its confidence of completing phase one on time from 60% to 80% without increasing costs.
Cost forecasts for phase one exceed available funding by £204 million, while phase two - taking the line to north-east and north-west England - contains some elements that are "currently unfunded", the report said.
HS2 is a large, complex and ambitious programme which is facing cost and time pressures. The unrealistic timetable set for HS2 Ltd by the Department means they are not as ready to deliver as they hoped to be at this point. The Department now needs to get the project working to a timescale that is achievable.
Today's NAO report shows that preparations to deliver High Speed 2 are under severe strain.
The Department for Transport has, yet again, set unrealistic timetables for delivering this programme and HS2 Ltd is only 60% confident that it will complete phase 1 by December 2026.
But Transport Minister Robert Goodwill insisted that HS2 is "on track" despite the NAO warning that the £55.7 billion railway is facing financial pressures.
We have strong cross party support and are on schedule to gain the powers needed to start building HS2, which the NAO acknowledges is a significant achievement.
We are on course to start construction next year and complete the scheme on time and budget.
It says the Department for Transport buried a report into the HS1 London to Channel Tunnel line that would have undermined the case for HS2.Read the full story ›