HS2 'to boost Birmingham economy by more than 2%'

According to analysis published by consulting firm KPMG, HS2 will generate the following:

  • Birmingham's economy will be boosted 2.1%-4.2% of the city region's GDP.
  • Manchester will grow by 0.8%-1.7%
  • Leeds' economy will receive a 1.6% boost
  • London 0.5%

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Govt 'fightback' over HS2 plans

The Prime Minister has said today marks the "fightback" by the Government over controversial plans for the HS2 rail link. The Transport Secretary will highlight a commissioned report claiming the project will provide a £15 billion economic boost.