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November 18 , 2021

HS2 rail extension to Leeds set to be scrapped

16 November, 2021 (UK)

The government is set to scrap the eastern leg of HS2 between the Midlands and Leeds, sources have told the BBC.

The Transport Department will instead announce a new rail plan on Thursday, involving £96bn of funding for new routes in the North and Midlands.

Sources said the impact of scrapping the Leeds leg of HS2 would make journeys longer by 20 minutes.

But the government is set to argue the new plans will deliver comparable benefits more quickly and cheaply.

A source told BBC political correspondent Nick Eardley they would show an "enormous amount of common sense".

High Speed 2 is a planned new high-speed railway line, originally meant to connect London with the city centres of Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.


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