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HS2 'could cost cities £220m'

Cities across the UK could lose up to £220 million each as a result of HS2, according to previously unseen research.

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Transport Secretary backs controversial HS2 scheme

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said he has "no doubt" the controversial High Speed 2 rail scheme will benefit the whole country, after claims it could cost some cities hundreds of millions of pounds.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has backed the controversial HS2 rail scheme. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Mr McLouglin said the project was "vital" for the economy's long-term health, adding: "It's of no doubt to me that it's beneficial to the UK. We need to make sure our cities in the north are able to compete with the rest of Europe as well."

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