Estimates of HS2 impact based on 'worst case' scenario

The chief executive of High Speed 2, Alison Munro, has said that new data on the number of people that will be affected by the rail project are based on a "worst case" scenario.

She said she expected to minimise the number of lorries travelling to and from the construction project by re-using 95% of the material that is excavated.

Read: 'Half a million' affected by HS2 rail project construction

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HS2 chief: £80bn claim 'absurd'

The chief executive of the High Speed 2 has dismissed claims that the rail project will cost £80 billion as "absurd". A report by Institute for Economic Affairs, due out on Monday, says the costs are likely to double the current estimate.