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With the West Coast Main Line expected to be full to breaking point within the next decade, we face a capacity time bomb that it will be increasingly difficult to diffuse without a new line. That’s according to the Conservative party’s rail review, undertaken in 2008. It claimed that a new high speed line linking London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds would cost £20 billion (in 2008 money) but the cost to the public purse would be £15.7 billion. According to the Guardian’s Nicholas Watt, the party intended to fund construction by raiding the kitty for the classic rail network.

The Conservative party's high speed rail proposals, 2008

The Conservative party’s high speed rail proposals, 2008

Six years later, there’s no sign of the West Coast Main Line being “at breaking point”. But the official estimated cost of HS2, at 2011 prices, is now £42.6 billion without the trains, or £50.1 billion with the trains.

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Written by beleben

September 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

Posted in High speed rail, HS2

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