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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 ›
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MPs have accused the company behind the HS2 company of having 'culture of misinformation' and treats consultations as box-ticking exercises.Read the full story ›
George Osborne has opened the bidding for nearly £12 billion worth of contracts to build the HS2 rail line.Read the full story ›
Campaigners have lost their latest legal battle over the government's £50 billion HS2 project.
The line would provide a high-speed link between London and Birmingham in its first phase, with later stages extending to the north of England.
Protesters accused the government of unlawfully failing to carry out a strategic environmental assessment, which they say could help tackle costly problems for people living along the proposed route.
But three appeal judges today unanimously rejected the challenge.
Train journey times between northern English cities could be slashed by half after ministers backed plans for a third high-speed railway.
The proposals were put forward in a report from the head of the £50 billion HS2 high-speed rail project, Sir David Higgins.
The improvements would cover an east-west section of northern England and would be in addition to the north-of-Birmingham phase two of HS2 which will see a Y-shaped route going to Manchester and Leeds.
Sir David said northern connectivity plans - dubbed "HS3" and backed by Chancellor George Osborne - would be "as important to the north of England as Crossrail is for London".
If carried forward, the plans would mean journey times between Leeds and Manchester could almost be cut in half.
While journeys between Leeds and Birmingham, Leeds and Sheffield Meadowhall, York and Birmingham and Nottingham to Birmingham could also be reduced by a half or more, and many more journeys across the country substantially shortened.
"Improving connectivity is vital if Britain is to compete in the knowledge economy in which this country has a competitive advantage, but in which ease of travel is an essential element."
A huge redevelopment around the HS2 project, creating 14,000 jobs, 2,000 homes and worth up to £1.3 billion a year to the economy, is being announced by the Government today.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is launching a regeneration body that will drive economic growth around the Curzon Street HS2 city centre terminus in Birmingham.
He is also announcing the location of the high-speed rail project's construction HQ, which taken together sees the creation of a large number of jobs, significant regeneration of the city centre and a massive economic boost to the city.
HS2 is a vital part of our long-term economic plan. By locating the new HS2 engineering HQ in Birmingham we are bringing skilled job opportunities into the area, spreading HS2's benefits beyond those using the new rail line.
Tonight's vote in Parliament on the HS2 bill means the high-speed rail line will begin construction in 2017, the Transport Secretary has confirmed.
Patrick McLoughlin also tried to calm the fears of anti-HS2 campaigners over the impact of the proposed route on their areas, saying:
"I am aware of the concerns some who live very close to the HS2 route have. I am confident however that by working together we can ensure this vital new north-south railway is designed in the right way, and we will have spades in the ground in 2017 as planned."