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HS2 to be delayed by two more years due to soaring costs

Birmingham to Crewe stretch put on hold and major roadbuilding schemes slowed in response to inflation surge

HS2 will be delayed by another two years and major roadbuilding schemes will be mothballed, ministers have confirmed, after soaring inflation added billions to the cost of transport infrastructure projects.

Ministers insisted they remained committed to Britain’s high-speed rail network scheme, but the budget constraints have cast further doubt over prospects for the rail project’s full implementation.

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