Proposed high-speed rail link tunnel

HS2 consultation attracts 55 000 responses

The UK Government’s HS2 high-speed rail consultation has received around 55,000 responses.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening said the responses would provide her with "extensive evidence" in respect of all the issues that will affect her decision - due next month - on HS2. She said a number of colleagues had asked for meetings with her about HS2 so they could put their views on the project to her.Greening said she had arranged a meeting with MPs, in Westminster, on November 21.

The £32 billion HS2 scheme involves a high-speed rail line from London to Birmingham, which is set to be completed in 2026. There are also plans for a Y-shaped extension of the line to Manchester and Leeds and possibly further north which would be finished around 2032/33.

The Government has said a national high-speed rail network would bring cities closer together, slash journey times, and deliver a “huge increase” in rail capacity. Opponents of the scheme have said it offers poor value for money and ignores the environmental costs.

Further information:

Read more E&T coverage on high-speed rail.

See the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s submission to the Government’s consultation on HS2.

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