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HS2 high speed rail link 'to be given go ahead'.

Summary: A new report has given the clearest indication to date that the proposed HS2 high-speed rail project will get the go ahead.

A Government-commissioned report has given the clearest indication to date that the proposed Au32 billion HS2 high-speed rail project will be given the go ahead.

The two alternative schemes, favoured by some of those opposed to the London-Birmingham HS2 plan, would fail to deal with long-term overcrowding on trains, and would also subject passengers to long periods of disruption, the report said.

Prepared by Network Rail, the report suggests that Transport Secretary Justine Greening will give the green light to HS2 which passes through Tory heartlands in picturesque spots.

A decision on the project, which has sparked fierce debate among many Conservative MPs, is expected in the next few days, possibly as early as Tuesday.

HS2 envisages a high-speed line built initially between London and Birmingham, to be completed around 2026, with a second phase extending the line to north-east and north-west England by around 2032/33.

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Date:Jan 7, 2012
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