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Build HS2 'sooner' to save money, says rail boss

The boss of HS2 is urging politicians to support the high speed rail link to the North West or risk costs spiraling. The chairman of the rail project publishes a progress report today. David Higgins says it must be built sooner to save money.

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High speed rail costs could spiral without agreement

Politicians have been told to get behind the high speed rail link or risk costs spiralling out of control.

The chairman of HS2, Sir David Higgins, has published his first report on the project since he took up the role at the beginning of the year.

He's warned the £50 billion cost of the project will escalate if it gets bogged down in parliamentary infighting.Sir David has recommended bringing forward construction of the West Midlands to Manchester stretch of the line from a start date of 2026.

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