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Last edited 13 Feb 2020
On 11 February 2020, Douglas Oakervee’s independent review into HS2 was published in full. On the same day, after consideration of the review, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed in a statement to parliament that HS2 will go ahead, alongside improvements to local transport networks across the country, including £5 billion to improve bus and cycle links outside London, as well as upgrades to local roads.
Construction of Phase 1 of HS2 from London to the West Midlands will begin in April 2020. The government will revive the legislation to deliver Phase 2a (connecting Birmingham to Crewe) as soon as possible so that preparation works can move forward.
The Prime Minister also told Parliament he is committed to Phase 2b of the project, extending high-speed rail from the West Midlands to the North. To determine how best to deliver Northern Powerhouse Rail and Phase 2b more effectively, the government will draw up an integrated plan for rail in the North, informed by an assessment from the National Infrastructure Commission.
In addition, a multibillion pound package will:
- Deliver at least 4,000 new zero emission buses, higher frequency services, more affordable, simpler fares, and new priority schemes to make routes more efficient.
- 250 miles of new cycle routes, and dozens of ‘Mini-Holland’ schemes to make town centres safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Cut congestion and boost local road networks across the country by accelerating local schemes to the next stage of development.
- Upgrade Bristol East Junction station.
- Take forward work to improve the A1 north of Newcastle.
Boris Johnson said: “Dramatic improvements to local transport and the decision to proceed with HS2 will shift this country’s centre of gravity away from the capital and transform connectivity between our towns and cities.”
In relation to HS2 Ltd, he said “I am drawing a clear line under the mismanagement of the past – HS2 must be delivered more efficiently and cost-effectively so that communities feel its benefits more quickly, particularly those in the North.”
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