No question over UK government’s commitment to HS2 with £70m fund

The UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed the government’s commitment to HS2, the controversial high-speed rail link to connect London with Birmingham and the north of England. He also announced £70m of funding to improve road safety and help local communities along the route.

15 October 2016 Saturday, 14:25

The UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed the government’s commitment to HS2, the controversial high-speed rail link to connect London with Birmingham and the north of England. He also announced £70m of funding to improve road safety and help local communities along the route.

According to Grayling, Britain needs HS2 urgently as it faces a rail capacity crisis due to a growing population and ageing infrastructure.

“We need HS2 now more than ever,” Grayling said. “We’re facing a rapidly approaching crunch-point. In the last 20 years alone, the number of people travelling on our railways has more than doubled and our rail network is the most intensively used of any in Europe.”

He added that the £42.6bn project, which will connect London with West Midlands, Crewe, Leeds and Manchester, will help create up to 100,000 jobs, 75 per cent of which would be outside London. Once up and running in the middle of the next decade, HS2 will create new economic opportunities by linking the country together.

Grayling also announced that £70m of funding will be made available to support local communities along the route and improve road safety in the area.

According to Grayling, Britain needs HS2 urgently as it faces a rail capacity crisis due to a growing population and ageing infrastructure.

“We need HS2 now more than ever,” Grayling said. “We’re facing a rapidly approaching crunch-point. In the last 20 years alone, the number of people travelling on our railways has more than doubled and our rail network is the most intensively used of any in Europe.”

He added that the £42.6bn project, which will connect London with West Midlands, Crewe, Leeds and Manchester, will help create up to 100,000 jobs, 75 per cent of which would be outside London. Once up and running in the middle of the next decade, HS2 will create new economic opportunities by linking the country together.

Grayling also announced that £70m of funding will be made available to support local communities along the route and improve road safety in the area.

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