Government commits to Eastern Leg of HS2

On a recent online event for the Policy Exchange Thinktank, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps re-confirmed the Government’s commitment to not just complete the western leg linking Manchester with Birmingham, but also the Eastern leg linking Birmingham with Leeds. He revealed: “We will be completing HS2, including the HS2 Eastern Leg to Leeds. The only question we have now is how to integrate this with plans drawn up over many years, relating to Northern Powerhouse Rail plans.” The Transport Secretary also revealed the schedule for the works could be completed early due to smarter construction methods.