Work on UK’s High Speed 2 rail slated to begin in April 2020

Europe’s biggest infrastructure project is now back on track after the British Prime Minister threw his weight behind it. The High Speed 2 (HS2) line is set to link London to cities in Northern England, cutting travel times in half.

High Speed 2, 3D render by HS2 Ltd

Work is slated to begin in April 2020 after Boris Johnson’s cabinet gave the green light. But the project has proved to be hugely controversial. Its budget has already doubled, and environmental groups worry that wildlife and woodlands would be destroyed.


Its full speed ahead for the UK’s high speed rail. Approved in 2012, under Prime Minister David Cameron, the high speed rail named HS2 isn’t set to be completed until as late as 2040. It would first connect London to Birmingham in central England, before splitting into two and heading to Manchester in the west and Leads in the east.

Phase One map by HS2 Ltd, published in 2018

The project is meant to bring UK’s old and crowded rail network to the level of countries like France and Spain. But predicted costs have nearly doubled to £106 billion, or over $138 billion.

Phase Two map by HS2 Ltd, published in 2018

Boosting infrastructure spending in the north of England, is one of Johnson’s campaign promises. But conservative lawmakers are worried about spiraling costs, and the impact on constituencies cut through by the route, making HS2 a rare source of division for the ruling party.

The project is also opposed by environmental activists, who says the route will cut through 100 ancient woodlands, resulting in one of the largest deforestation act in Britain since World War One.

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Janice

My son who is a uk taxpayer is paying towards the building of HS2 and yet when it is completed there will be no way he will be able to afford to travel on it. The fact is this is a form of SLAVERY where people work hard and pay part of their salaries towards something only comparatively few, well-off people will use. This is yet another way of crapping on people and rubbing their noses in it. A major problem in the UK, this; taking from the poor to give to the rich. Shame on us when that money could be spent on worthier causes by far.

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Ron

And now it’s as high as 150,000,000,000. What are they doing, it will take hundreds of years to pay this back, and for what? Someone to fill their pockets and have empty trains. HS2 Folly.

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Ferke M

In 2021, The EU are set to unify the price /cost of EU energy, UK included, via the 2 under sea links with France. So in their all electric world, the prices of public travel will have to rise via the coming price hikes. An EV will cost the same as a petrol /diesel car /van or truck, this will bring inflation & fuel poverty on a large scale, something the government has yet not discussed in any political news channels or talk shows, like question time!