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Parts of HS2 to be delayed or cut as ministers prepare to reveal rising costs

At least £2bn extra needed for London-Birmingham section as inflation fuels yet more budget overruns on troubled rail project

Ministers are set to delay construction of key sections of the HS2 rail line, with a statement expected imminently outlining the extent of budget overruns amid soaring inflation.

It is understood that parts of the high-speed network between Crewe and Birmingham are likely to be delayed or trimmed, while full running of trains into London Euston may also be held off further.

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