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Osborne: No further spending on £50bn HS2

George Osborne welcomed David Higgins' recommendations for HS2 but warned there will be "no increases" on the £50 billion project. The boss of HS2 challenged politicians to pave the way for a faster building of the high-speed line to reduce spending.

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Labour welcomes greater HS2 connectivity in the north

Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, responding to David Higgins’ report into HS2, has welcomed his strong focus on the steps the Government needs to take to get High Speed 2 back on track and ensure value for money".

David Higgins has made it clear that there are significant savings to be made if David Cameron gets a grip of this project and stops all these delays.

On Phase Two, we are glad that more work will be done to link HS2 with future rail investment and that the greater focus we have been calling for on connectivity between our northern cities has replaced the Government’s previous take it or leave it approach.

That is how we ensure the maximum benefits for the whole country from this project while we pressure the Government to keep the costs down.

– Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary

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