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Coalition reaffirms commitment to HS2

Mon 07 Jan 2013

Plans to build a high-speed rail network in England are still on the government's agenda.

HS2 will see a high-speed rail connection built between London and Birmingham, which should be in place by 2026.

Trains capable of travelling at up to 250mph will run on the Y-shaped network. This means that the time it takes to travel from London to Birmingham will be cut to 45 minutes - almost half the current time.

This will be followed by additional connections to Leeds and Manchester that are expected to be completed by 2033.

Writing in its Mid-Term Review, the government has insisted it remains committed to delivering the project.

The coalition said it wants to move "as rapidly as possible" towards making HS2 a reality by "carrying forward legislation for the first phase between London and Birmingham".

In addition, it pledged to keep supporting infrastructure improvements such as Crossrail and Thameslink in London, as well as the creation of an "electric spine" between Southampton and Yorkshire.

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