Boris Johnson has expressed frustration at the drawing out of the HS2 project timescale.
The Mayor of London wrote in The Telegraph that China built its own high-speed rail in just two years.
Meanwhile, he said, Labour are delaying the project further by "shamelessly courting the sceptic vote".
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