HS2: Boris Johnson gives go-ahead to high-speed rail project

The prime minister has given a formal green light to the HS2 project, as ministers pledged an additional £5bn for buses and cycle routes amid fears the high-speed rail line will suck cash from other priorities. As well as approving the vast HS2 infrastructure project – which has run up costs of more than £100bn – Johnson announced a £5bn investment package in bus transport that will offer passengers outside London a more frequent service and simpler fares, as part of his agenda to ‘level up’ the UK. 

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