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North 'faces lost decade' if HS2 boss ignored

The boss of HS2 - David Higgins - has challenged politicians to pave the way for a faster building of the high-speed line to reduce the £50 billion cost of the project.

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HS2 "should start in North at same time as South"

The head of the HS2 rail project said building work should start in the North of England at the same time as the South East, which would see high speed trains coming to Leeds by 2030, three years earlier than currently planned.

The £50 billion project will see trains travelling at 250mph, but would only go as far as West Yorkshire, leading to concerns that the North East would lose out economically.

The Northumberland MP Alan Beith said the comments were "good news" but that he would prefer improvements to the East Coast Mainline, which runs between London and Scotland via the North East.

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