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Build HS2, say northern leaders, as ministers refuse to confirm Manchester link

Andy Burnham says reports Rishi Sunak wants to cut line short at Birmingham ‘beggared belief’

Northern leaders have called on Downing Street to honour promises to build the HS2 high-speed rail line, as ministers repeatedly refused to confirm to MPs whether it would run to Manchester.

Doubts over the future of the multibillion-pound HS2 project are growing after the junior transport minister Richard Holden dodged multiple questions in the Commons.

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