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How much will HS2 cost?

Here is a timeline of estimates from official and not-so-official sources:

£55bn budget dwarves that of Hinkley C and Heathrow combined

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HS2 Ltd “hasn’t got a clue” what its costs are, says Lord Berkeley

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George Osborne’s “Northern Powerhouse” dealt another blow

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Says John Cridland, the man leading the “Northern Powerhouse” project

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Meanwhile, government still refuses to release the results of its own polls

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HS2 has been badly designed and to the wrong criteria.

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The redevelopment of Euston Station for HS2 will slash the number of platforms by a third, devastating commuter services. This little nugget wasn’t mentioned at the launch of the rebuilding plans, and badly undermines HS2’s main justification, that it will free capacity on the existing West Coast Main Line for new commuter and ­inter-city trains. […]

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There are now three government reports which are highly critical of HS2. How many more are needed before HS2 is scrapped?

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Government figures to support the case for High Speed 2 are essentially make-believe

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Butterflies, bats, birds and badgers will all take a hit

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That’s 6 times more than his predecessor

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American entrepreneur, engineer and inventor, Elon Musk laughs when he hears about the plans for HS2. Gavin Esler interviews Musk on BBC2’s Newsnight, 24th Ocober 2013.

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The HS2 project has since been downgraded to an Amber/Red rating, meaning successful delivery of the project is in doubt, with major risks or issues apparent in a number of key areas.

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According to a study of 258 rail, bridge and road “megaprojects”

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According to a secret report by the Major Projects Authority

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All £42 billion £50 billion £80 billion of it

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Whether it benefits them or not, every constituency will be financially worse off

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That’s according to a consultation carried out in November 2011 for the Department for Transport and HS2 Ltd

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£35bn taxpayer-financed HS2 project linking London to the Midlands and the North is, in fact, shockingly outdated

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The results will be updated here hourly from Twitter

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