North London HS2 link to be scrapped

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP has followed recommendations from the new head of HS2 Ltd to scrap plans to link to HS1 in north London.

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No increases in spending on HS2, Osborne warns

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George Osborne says he will not sanction any increases to the £50bn HS2 budget. Credit: Christopher Furlong/PA Archive

Chancellor George Osborne has welcomed Sir David Higgins' recommendations for HS2, but warned there will be "no increases" in spending on the £50 billion poject.

Mr Osborne described the high-speed project as "essential to the future of this country".

However, he cautioned: "We must be conscious of the price, and there will be no increases to the overall spending envelope set for HS2 at the last spending review."

Earlier today, Shadow Transport Secretary Mary Creagh said there would be no "blank cheque" for the project.

Ms Creagh told BBC Radio 4's The World At One that Labour would be supporting the hybrid bill due to come before parliament but argued that the project had "suffered from mismanagement".

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Government hopes HS2 bill will 'proceed quickly'

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin at the proposed site of the HS2 East Midlands Hub in Long Eaton
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin at the proposed site of the HS2 East Midlands Hub in Long Eaton Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Plans to speed up the development of HS2 and extend it to the north more quickly have been backed by the government.

Asked whether the coalition would take action to accelerate the passage of the HS2 Bill through Parliament, Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman said: "We want it to proceed as quickly as it can, but it is obviously a very lengthy Bill."

Earlier today, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said Sir David Higgins' proposals for HS2 had the "strong support" of the government.

The government has also scrapped a proposed £700m scheme to link HS2 with the existing HS1 route to Brussels.

The government will instead look at other ways of linking HS2 with the continent.

Read: HS2 boss wants to fast-track high-speed rail project

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HS2 boss calls for 'comprehensive redevelopment' of Euston station

HS2 Ltd Chairman Sir David Higgins has called for a 'comprehensive redevelopment of Euston' Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

HS2 Ltd chairman Sir David Higgins has called for a larger development at Euston - the project's southern terminus.

Euston is the HS2 London terminus and there have been various changes to the original plans, with concerns expressed about the effect of the development on the area which includes the famous Camden market.

Sir David said today:

"I propose the Government should look at a more comprehensive redevelopment of Euston - a solution that could truly stand the test of time and allow the station to join St Pancras and King's Cross as an iconic driver of local regeneration whose beneficial effects will be felt for generations."

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