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'HS3' would slash journey times by half

Train journey times between northern English cities could be slashed by half after ministers backed plans for a third high-speed rail line in the north, known as HS3.

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'HS3 could cost more per mile than HS2'

The new rail link could see journey times in the north slashed by more than half. Credit: PA

Ministers who have given the go-ahead for a third high-speed railway link have admitted they do not know how much the new project could cost.

Officials told The Daily Mail it was "too early" to put a figure on it, although the Chancellor previously estimated it would set the government back up to £7 billion.

But there is speculation HS3 could be even more expensive per mile than HS2.

Northern council chiefs have welcomed the announcement, which could see journey times between Manchester and Leeds slashed by more than half from an hour to just 26 minutes.

However, rail protesters claim the government is "throwing good money after bad".

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