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The Guardian on HS2:

HS2 high-speed rail route announcement - reaction: Politics live blog | Politics | guardian.co.uk

This morning, at 7am, the government published its proposed route for the second stage of HS2, the new high-speed rail line. We already knew the HS2 route from London to Birmingham and now we know it will extend to Manchester and Leeds.

Lawyers on the line: high-speed rail plan faces 10-year delay - Home News - UK - The Independent

Britain's HS2 high-speed rail line could be delayed for a decade as a unified coalition of Conservative councils, MPs and environmental groups threaten disruptive legal action.

The new £33bn line is intended to kickstart the country's economic recovery, but Department for Transport officials now fear work may not begin until 2022, amid a flood of court cases and judicial reviews, The Independent can disclose.

David Cameron today promised that HS2 would "spread the UK's wealth" and give a "better balance to the UK economy" as the route of its Y-shaped second phase from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds was unveiled.

But the Government is now facing a concerted revolt as northern local authorities and backbench MPs affected by the proposed line unite with campaigners opposed to its first phase from London to Birmingham.

Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield and Tory deputy chairman, warned that Chancellor George Osborne, will now "see the strength of public opinion for himself", with the line due to pass through his Tatton constituency in Cheshire. He added: "Every MP along the route will have people lobbying him. The people of Cheshire, like the people of Staffordshire, don't hesitate to make their views known - and quite right too."

by Nomad on Tue Jan 29th, 2013 at 07:09:02 AM EST

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