Construction of Britain’s second HS line to start in 2017 | International Railway Journal
Work on the first phase of Britain's £42.6bn HS2 project to build a 338km high-speed line from London via Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds is set to begin two years from now. As David Briginshaw reports, this was confirmed last month by Britain's newly-elected government.
... Indeed the new government says work will start on the 190km first phase linking London with Birmingham and Lichfield in 2017.
This was confirmed by Britain's secretary of state for transport, Mr Patrick McLoughlin, who was speaking in Leeds on June 1. "The general election was a massive vote of confidence in HS2," McLoughlin said. "HS2 is now a manifesto commitment of a government with a Commons majority. HS2 will be built - the full 'Y' network from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds - with construction starting in just two years."