Report due on HS2 rail link
A COMMONS Select Committee inquiring into the Government's HS2 high-speed rail project has commissioned an independent review into the £32 billion scheme rather than just rely on written and verbal evidence.
The review from independent consultants Oxera was due to be published today as the House of Commons Transport Committee holds the first of five evidence sessions on HS2.
The review focuses on the business case for HS2 whose first part – from London to Birmingham is due to be completed in 2026.
A second Y-shaped section on to Manchester and Leeds and possibly further north could be finished around 2032/33.
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Announcing the Oxera review, the House of Commons Transport Committee chairman Louise Ellman said: "This is a project of great importance and also of great controversy."
Last week The Sentinel reported how Stoke-on-Trent City Council had written to the Government in support of HS2 and the possibility of a station stop in the city.