Northern track to be finalised in £55bn HS2


In Nov last year, ministers pronounced the line should offer the existent executive hire in Sheffield, after proposals to run trains to the Meadowhall selling centre were set aside.

But this could see new homes in circuitously Mexborough being pulled down, with many of the estate’s residents anticipating out about the probability just weeks after moving in.

Houses on the new Shimmer estate in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, where residents will remove their homes if the Governments elite track for the second proviso of the high-speed rail plan goes ahead.
Houses in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, where residents could remove their homes

The first proviso of the plan – between London and Birmingham and from Birmingham along the existent West Coast Main Line – was given the go-ahead in Feb and is due to open in Dec 2026.

A check will be published shortly covering proviso 2a – from the West Midlands to Crewe, approaching to open the following year – while proviso 2b from Crewe on to Manchester starts in 2033.

In addition, the project’s major contracts will be awarded, including the building of tunnels, embankments and viaducts between London and Birmingham – work totalling around £6.6bn and estimated to support 16,000 jobs.

Nine bids have been shortlisted.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “As good as providing desperately indispensable new seats and better joining the major cities, HS2 will help re-balance the economy.”

But Joe Rukin of the Stop HS2 campaign said: “The case for HS2 has been invented by the very cheerleaders who intend to hillside in billions of taxpayers’ income which is desperately indispensable elsewhere, so it really is time to embankment this enormous white elephant before it is too late.”

The news comes after The Sunday Times published an talk with rail consultant Michael Byng, who estimated that HS2 would cost some-more than £400m per mile, making it the world’s many costly railway.

This would see the plan cost up to £104bn – almost double the £55.7bn estimated by the Government.

A Department for Transport orator pronounced Mr Byng’s claims were “incorrect”, adding: “We are gripping a tough hold on costs and the plan is on time and on bill at £55.7bn.”

:: Chris Grayling will be on Sky News at 7.30am on Monday

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